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Yes Man
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Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, John Michael Higgins, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Web Site: www.yesisthenewno.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want to have to explain to them what "oral pleasure" is.
Date Movie: My BFF liked it, so sure, bring them along.
Gratuitous Sex: Some disturbing innuendos, and Jim Carrey's butt-crack.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fighting.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Steady throughout the movie.
Memorable Scene: I really liked the clothing drive scene at the end.
Memorable Quote: Nothing totally stands out.
Directed By: Peyton Reed
Produced By: Richard D. Zanuck, David Heyman

Yes Man
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:44 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 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.

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" purpose.

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!

Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Yes Man."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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