Yes Man is a 2008 comedy film directed by Peyton Reed, written by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel and starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby, Maile Flanagan, Danny Masterson, and Terence Stamp. The film is based loosely on the 2005 book Yes Man by British humourist Danny Wallace. The film was a box office success despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. It was released on December 19, 2008, opening at #1 at the box office in its first weekend with $18.3 million and was then released on December 26, 2008 in the United Kingdom going straight to the top of the box office in its first weekend after release. Production for the film began in October 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has become withdrawn and preoccupied with his personal life since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie (Molly Sims). Routinely ignoring his friends Pete (Bradley Cooper) and Rooney (Danny Masterson) for hangouts at their local bar where Stephanie regularly visits, he has grown used to spending his spare time watching DVDs alone in his apartment, and has an increasingly negative outlook on life.
Director: Peyton Reed
Producer: Richard Zanuck, Bruce Berman, Marty Ewing, Dana Goldberg, David Heyman
Cast: Rocky Carroll, Terence Stamp, John Higgins, Patrick Labyorteaux, Jim Carrey, Danny Masterson, Brent Briscoe, Fionnula Flanagan, Spencer Garrett, Zooey Deschanel, Sasha Alexander, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Denbo, Molly Sims, John Cothran, Rhys Darby
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I’m not one much for pointless comedies and I’m only slightly embarrassed to say that Jim Carrey stars in my two favorites. Yes Man is laugh out loud silly and with filters it is fairly clean with a decent underlying message. The character Norman works as such a delightful side kick to Carrey that every scene with him in it had me chuckling up a storm (particularly when one of those scenes leads to Carrey taping up his own face). So if you like Jim Carrey’s doofy physical humor and flexible facial animation with that sprinkle of good message, then rent this one the next time you need a good pick-me-up... See Full ReviewNovember 25th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Optimism is contagious when it's realistic.July 27th, 2012 · Details
It's easy to see why Jim Carrey said yes when the opportunity to star in the movie "Yes Man" presented itself.
After all, it is pretty much a greatest-hits "medley" of bits from his biggest comedy hits, especially 1997's "Liar, Liar," which was arguably, Carrey's last, really appealing, live-action comedy.
However, it's a little disappointing to see the talented comic actor reverting to early form and simply doing silly faces and voices instead of trying to do something of substance. This is one of the laziest, most phoned-in performances of his career.
But that's in keeping with the film itself — it's a lazy comedy that relies on crudity and on other easy, cheap humor and jokes rather than trying to do something that's actually clever.
Carrey stars as Carl Allen, an assistant bank loan officer who's deeply unhappy and is in a rut, lifewise.
He's having trouble getting over the breakup of his marriage a couple of years earlier, and now even his closest friends (Bradley Cooper and Danny Masterson) seem unable to get him out of this funk.
So the desperate Carl attends a self-help seminar, where a guru (Terence Stamp) urges the embittered, negative man to say yes to every available opportunity.
At first, this strategy seems crazy to Carl. But once he meets the free-spirited Allison (Zooey Deschanel), it appears his luck really has changed for the better.
There was probably a decent little comedy to be made from this material — since it is based on some of Scottish writer Danny Wallace's real-life experiences. But instead, director Peyton Reed ("The Break-Up") and three credited screenwriters have turned that into a dopey comedy that's only sporadically amusing.
And the only times it really comes to life is when it's exploring the relationship between the characters played by Carrey and Deschanel, who's always a welcome presence.
Unfortunately, even she seems a bit uncomfortable with some of the things she has to say and do.
Still, the most humiliating bits here are reserved for New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby (HBO's "Flight of the Conchords") and veteran actress Fionnula Flanagan, both of whom deserve better treatment.
"Yes Man" is rated PG-13 and features strong sexual profanity (including two uses of the so-called "R-rated" curse word), crude sexual humor and references (slang and other suggestive talk), simulated sex and other sexual contact (done for laughs), supposedly comic violence (target shooting and automotive mayhem), partial male and female nudity, and derogatory language and slurs.
Running time: 104 minutes.
December 19th, 2008 · Details