Movie Stats & Links
||Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, John
Michael Higgins, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby
||Only if you want
to have to explain to them what "oral pleasure" is.
||My BFF liked it,
so sure, bring them along.
innuendos, and Jim Carrey's butt-crack.
||I really liked the
clothing drive scene at the end.
||Richard D. Zanuck,
I have to admit that I didnít have high hopes for "Yes
Man," the new movie from Jim Carrey, mostly because I let
the trailers lead me to believe the movie was just
Liar" revisited, even though I really liked "Liar Liar." But
whereas that "Liar" movie had some hocus pocus dictating
that Fletcher (Carrey) had to tell the truth, the
interestingness of "Yes Man" is that Carl, Jim Carreyís
character, decides saying "Yes" might be the way to
happiness on his own, granted with a little prodding and
coincidence, but in the end itís a free-will decision, and
that helps keep it different.
A Movie Review
Anyway, letís get to the storyÖ
Carl is kind of a sad-sack, bummed because of a broken
relationship and relegating his life as a mundane loan
officer to just renting movies, staying at home every night,
and ignoring his friends. One day an old friend, Nick (John
Michael Higgins) finds him and tells Carl about Terrence
(Terence Stamp) and the movement of saying "Yes" to change
your life. So, his life in a tailspin, Carl finds himself at
the self-help guruís seminar, and suddenly saying "Yes" is
leading to breakthrough after breakthrough in his life, helping
him find a relationship with Allison (Zoeey Deschanel),
getting good loviní from his next-door neighbor, advancing his
career, getting back into his friend's good-graces, and who knew that
saying "Yes" could lead to uber-happiness.
But, in a nice twist, Carl does have to learn that you
canít say "Yes" to everything, and just as things go great,
well, they also go haywire, but sometimes it takes the ups and
downs in life, and the love of a good woman, to make you
realize the good and the bad, and how maybe you should
really tell your new girlfriend about your new "life"
The premise is simple, but really, what I ended up liking
about "Yes Man," was that Jim Carrey didnít propel himself
into the total-over-the-top-ness that he can sometimes do in
a comedy (although, yes, there was a scene with a person who
was considering suicide that was a bit of a stretch, and even
so, it was funny), instead keeping his character at times
more reserved. The other thing that I thought worked was Zoeey Deschanelís portrayal as Allison, a person Carl could
really use in his life, but it only happens because Carl
says "Yes." It was really a nice mix between a farcical
comedy and a romantic story.
There was a genuine niceness in the Carl character, one
that many a person who has been dumped can relate to, and
even Carlís boss, Norman (Rhys Darby), is goofy enough to
not make "Yes Man" a generic romantic comedy, but God, there
is something that I was a tad shocked with, even though I
found it very funny, and that was that there is a scene in
the movie, between Carl and his elderly neighbor, that
pretty much says Carl is getting some oral homage after
putting up some shelving, something he has to do because he
is in uber-saying "Yes" mode now. For me, it was funny as
hell, but even though "Yes Man" is rated PG-13, a lot of the
publicity almost says "Go ahead, bring the younger ones!
Itís a funny Jim Carrey movie!" Yes, I know "Liar Liar" was
PG-13 as well, but there were a lot of 8ish year olds at
this movie, along with the tween girls, and Iím guessing,
unless the kiddies forgot the scene because it was early in
the movie, well, there was a lot of explaining to do as to
why Carl was so happy after the neighbor took out her teeth.
In any case, I really enjoyed "Yes Man," but I just want to advise
you to be careful about bringing the littler ones, and itís
not because you get to see Jim Carreyís butt-crack!
stars out of 5 for "Yes Man."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!