The Yes Men Fix the World

2009

The Yes Men Fix the World

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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 satirical presentations that sometimes fool their audiences into believing they've seen the real thing. The exploits of Bichlbaum and Bonanno were chronicled in the 2003 documentary The Yes Men, and their further adventures have spawned a second film, The Yes Men Fix the World, which follows the radical pranksters as they claim responsibility for a major environmental disaster in Bhopal on European television, demonstrate a new corporate rescue orb, "defend" corporate interests in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and publish a mock edition of The New York Times that declares the end of the war in Iraq. The Yes Men Fix the World received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • Aug 31, 2011
    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".
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    Just as self-serving, heavy handed, myopic and utopian as it is funny. I consider myself liberal and found some of the arguments against capitalism bordering on socialism (which of course, we don't have right now contrary to popular belief and have never had.) It seems that no documentary has been able to truly realize that just because the free market structure is fallible does not render it invalid when regulated properly and attempts at socialist utopias sound great in theory but lead to deficits and lack of productivity in the long run (Venezuela and Cuba are examples), as handing all the power to government (the key is a balance between businesses and government, not one or the other) does the exact same thing as keeping a capitalist economy deregulated does, which is consolidating all power to a wealthy few. What we have had and still have to a lesser degree is corporatism (fascist economics), because in addition to little-no regulations to ease accountability processes and allow things to run smoother, we actually have mostly unchallenged loopholes, tax breaks, and tax payer funds going directly to companies (TARP was signed into law by your very own Dubya, right-wing morons ), along with allowing them to essentially rig elections by donating unlimited amounts of money to political candidates and not obligating them to disclose donations. Capitalism hasn't been our country's economic value system since Clinton repealed Glass-Steagall. The film doesn't quite have the right idea about what's truly wrong with our financial system and it ends on a sour pseudo-idealistic (ambition without common sense or putting in the work to achieve) note typical of many financial-crisis related documentaries, but it is funny and brings up issues warranting discussion, such as if the value of human life is naturally respected in a for-profit business model and how the two ideas could work together.
    Blah B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2010
    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.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2010
    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.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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