Yes Man Reviews
Zooey is worth watching, but she's done better movies.
I've read the book it's based on and it's seriously nothing like it.
On the other hand this is really quite an unoriginal film that anyone could have taken the lead in, straight to DVD and never heard of again. You can see the jokes and outcomes coming a mile of and predict the story (similar theme to Liar Liar without kids), but Carrey is a funny guy and this film can lighten yr day, very easy going.
"The era of yes has begun"
Yes Man is an amusing comedy that never rises above being amusing. It's never hysterical, but often had me smirking. Jim Carey plays Jim Carey as Carl. Carl is a divorced man who has the same job he's had for years. He makes excuses to his friends about we he can't hang out. Let's just say he is always saying no and it's not getting him anywhere. Until he attends a "Yes" seminar and changes his way of thinking. Now he says "Yes" to everything and boring, lonely life is turning around.
I really liked the supporting cast in Yes Man, which includes Bradley Cooper, Danny Masterson and Zooey Deschanel. The movie relies on if you like or don't like Jim Carey though. I like him somewhat, so I guess that's how I view this movie. I like it somewhat. It never becomes more then just an average comedy though. The concept of saying "Yes" to everything leads to some funny situations that are never entirely satisfactory, as in the drunk scene.
Decent enough to merit a watch, but don't expect anything new and exciting. If you don't like Jim Carey, don't watch it. I always hate when someone hates an actor like Carey, yet goes and sees all of his movies; then complains about them. Going in you already know you're going to hate it, so why put yourself through it.
Watch it again! Excellent movie, I couldn't help but enjoy it all over again. This movie was very very funny, when i still think of some parts I laugh by myself jaja. Excellent movie to watch and get some laughs out of it with a very nice message we can all go along with.
The banker Carl Allen is a lonely man with low self-esteem after his divorce with Stephanie, for whom he still yearns. He avoids his best friend Peter. He has a boring job, stalled in a bureaucratic position in the loan department of a bank; and he spends his spare time watching DVDs. When he meets by chance his former high school mate Nick, he is convinced to participate of a self-help program called "Yes Man" leaded by the guru Terrence Bundley. The basic principle of the program is to say "yes" to new situations, leaving the negativism aside. Carl misunderstands the concept and says "yes" to every question. While leaving the encounter, he helps a homeless man and in the end of the night he meets the gorgeous Allison that helps him with her scooter. His life completely changes with his new attitude.
Pretty standard comedy fare overall, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Lots of us have the problem that we cant say No when we really need to, and keep getting into trouble trying to be civil, polite, and pleasant. Carl Allen (played by Jim Carrey) has the other problem, not being able to say Yes, until a friend convinces him to attend a talk by a motivational speaker Terrence Bundley (played by Terence Stamp) who helps people to discover the possibilities in life by saying Yes more often. Carl gets the message a bit jumbled up and says yes to everything....Allison (Zooey Deschanel) is charming as Carls girlfriend
Carl Allen is a negative person. So negative, in fact, that he'll basically say "no" whenever the opportunity presents itself. One of his only friends manages to convince him to join a self-help class, where the point is to make you a more positive person. This class, however, is far from what he expected. The instructor, played by the here oddly annoying Terrence Stamp, has only one piece of advice: "Just say yes". Carl soon takes that bit of advice very literally and it leads to both positive outcomes and others not so fortunate.
This premise is relatively similar to LiarLiar, where Jim couldn't tell a lie. However, the "yes" mechanic and that he always does it willingly makes it more of a gimmick than anything else. He makes some smart decisions, but in a serious plea for suspension of disbelief, we're also supposed to assume that he'd order mailbrides and partake in an act of fellatio done by an obsessed old woman. This in turn makes Carl not a very understandable character, though Jim does his best to be the charming man that he can be.
The rest of the cast is pretty good all things considered. Zooey Deschanel is radiant and charming as Carl's love interest and Bradley Cooper does a good job as Carl's friend. Rhys Darby is also one of the highlights of the film, playing a pretty hopeless nerd/bank manager who wishes nothing more than to be the number one boss.
Unfortunately, it's just not enough to keep the entire experience afloat. There are some scenes of genuine hilarity but the gimmick gets old relatively fast. And as mentioned before, the fact that he's always in complete control of his fate in contrast to being forced to be embarrassing and unconventional removes much of the pity one could have given to Carl. That is where LiarLiar succeeded, and where Yes Man stumbles. There's enjoyment to be found if you just enjoy seeing Jim Carrey do his thing, but everything else feels simply too formulaic. It most certainly doesn't come close to some of Jim Carrey's finest, at least, which is a shame.