1/25/2009

Movie Review: Yes Man (2008)


Being a big fan of Jim Carrey's comic work before the turn of the millennium, I'm very pleased that Carrey has dialed back to his hilarious ways in Yes Man.

The film is about a guy who was in the brink of total loserhood until a "Yes" seminar changed his outlook in life-- he has to say "Yes" to every opportunity that comes his way, no matter how weird or out of character it is. It's a non-fantastic take on the concept of "Liar Liar," where Jim Carrey's character is magically unable to tell lies, here Carl (the character played by Carrey) robotically says "Yes" because of a pact he made.

The movie is set in motion by Carl's sudden positivism in all aspects of his life and the comedy comes from the situations he gets into by being able to say "No." In the situations he get in to, Carl eventually meets Allison (an adorable Zooey Deschanel) and that's when the romantic fires were fanned.

The movie is classic Carrey-- rubber faced, hyper-active in the right moments. The story is also plausible, with a lot of Chekov's guns, or elements that seem worthless that eventually become crucial in the story. The film does stretch the concept too much and the resolutions to the consequences of Carl's actions were not entirely satisfying.

So, should you watch Yes Man? I say "Yes"to that.


Rating: 3.5/5


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