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The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 11

The Yes Men aim their barbs at the capitalist fat-cats with gutsy and hilarious performance pranks.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

The Yes Men aim their barbs at the capitalist fat-cats with gutsy and hilarious performance pranks.

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Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are "The Yes Men" -- two guys who combine political activism, performance art, and the love of a good prank in the name of demanding that the private sector take responsibility for the damage it has done to the world and its people. Bichlbaum and Bonanno specialize in setting up realistic-looking mock websites that claim to represent famous and powerful multinational corporations, and when they're contacted to speak on behalf of the companies, they deliver absurd

Apr 1, 2010

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Unfortunately, they risk seeming glib during this doc, which brandishes a cheekier, more self-congratulatory tone than did The Yes Men, its 2003 predecessor.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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An entertaining swipe at corporate irresponsibility.

December 4, 2009
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Beyond question, the results are overstated, outrageous and wildly, scatologically juvenile. But they're also a hoot to watch.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Bichlbaum and Bonanno don't just try to make the world a better place. They treat it as if it already were.

November 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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They are highly entertaining and I am sympathetic to most of their grievances.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Fleet and amusing.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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...the film remains perfectly watchable for the majority of its appreciatively brief running time.

December 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A resounding Yes for the Yes Men. A middling Maybe for The Yes Men Fix the World.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Like Jackass for the NPR set.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Yes Men's bravery and unflagging sense of optimistically doomed humor -- which comes across as a quixotic version of Monty Python by way of Upton Sinclair -- is to be applauded and, wherever possible, acted upon.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Gandhi may not have been known for his wicked sense of humor, but one gets the feeling he'd approve.

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

You can't fool all of the people all the time, but maybe the Yes Men can trick enough of them into doing what's right.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

This follow-up is a little more spotty and unfocused than the first film. That we're this interested in their further exploits has more to do with their goofiness than it does with the quality of footage editing, assembly and such.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Even if the Yes Men don't exactly fix the world in their documentary, they certainly give it something to think about.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

This is a movie that does little more than preach to the converted. It's mildly amusing at times, but ultimately pointless.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times | Comment (1)
Washington Times

When the butts of the jokes are mid-level losers at meaningless conferences, the guerrilla theater seems misdirected, even cruel.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A guerilla-style documentary which shows just how much havoc two guys with cheap suits and fake websites are capable of wreaking in corporate America.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Audience Reviews for The Yes Men Fix the World

The merry pranksters "The Yes Men" are at it again - but this time their documentary is much cleaner and better produced than their 2003 original effort.

What can you say about these guys except hurrah! They take the establishment and point out the foibles so aptly - they dupe the BBC into believing that a Yes Man is a spokesperson for Dow Chemical (and therefore announcing on a BBC news talk show that Dow will be paying full restitution to the Indian community wrecked by the chemical spill of United Carbide 20 years earlier - Dow purchased UC 3 years before the film).

They further spoof Dow by becoming Dow's featured speakers at a corporate conference - claiming that they have perfected an algorhythm for determining acceptable human loss vs. corporate gains on any given project.

The list goes on, with them aiming at the post Katrina carpetbaggers amongst other things, but it is simply amazing how they manage to not only get away with pulling the wool over the eyes of politicos and middle management types, but so succinctly point out the enormous greed that has such an effect over just about everything. It is almost surreal, like watching an enormous spoof or black comedy... until you remember that this is the real deal - this stuff is actually happening and the Yes Men are out there trying to raise the common consciousness by lampooning the way big business thinks and acts.

As they say in the film - "we started out trying to fix the world, but our efforts seemed to have the opposite effect; so now we're aiming at simply drawing attention to the enormous farce that constitutes the way the world is run".
August 31, 2011
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paul sandberg

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These guys always deliver cutting edge political advocacy. Their little bits of imaginary "down time" distract from the overall film (and not in the requisite relief way I'm sure they were aiming for. Still there are plenty of gut-busting and giddying pranks, hard-hitting explications of their actions and exposes of those whom they are targeting, which are all solid and mildly to wildly brilliant.
November 8, 2010
Stinger839

Super Reviewer

Moore-lite , this worthy duo hoax their way into the public eye, exposing truths about companies which are hardly revelatory but none the less worth reinforcing.
March 28, 2010
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Gordon A

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Subversive and cunning, the Yes Men succeed in making commitments on behalf of corporations while providing proof that companies often do not "do the right thing" and are lacking a soul. Daring and challenging. Why have I not heard of these guys before?
April 15, 2010
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