Yes Man

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Run time: 104 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th December 2008

Box Office USA: $97.6M

Box Office Worldwide: $226M

Budget: $70M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Zanuck Company, Heyday films

Reviews 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Fresh: 69 Rotten: 83

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew


Producer: Marty Ewing, ,

Starring: Jim Carrey as Carl Allen, Zooey Deschanel as Renee Allison, Rhys Darby as Norman, Sasha Alexander as Lucy, Fionnula Flanagan as Tillie, Luis Guzmán as Jumper, Danny Masterson as Rooney, Molly Sims as Stephanie, Bradley Cooper as Peter, John Michael Higgins as Nick, Stephanie Hodge as Ticket Lady, Jackie Harris as Bystander, Terence Stamp as Terence

Yes Man Movie Review

Everyone involved with Yes Man should have said no to the project. Don't make the same mistake.

Jim Carrey should have said no to the threadbare script. The tireless comedian has shown he could wring laughs out of one-note pitches like Bruce Almighty, Liar, Liar, or the Ace Ventura films. But the three credited Yes Man screenwriters cook up the flimsiest comedic premise of Carrey's career -- a non-committal loan officer enters a motivational program that permits him from turning anything down -- then forget to back it up with humor, emotional conflict or, you know, an actual plot.

And the 46-year-old comedian really should have said no to the casting of adorable, doe-eyed Zooey Deschanel as his free-spirited love interest. Ironically, these two share a birthday -- January 17. But it's separated by 18 years. I'm not suggesting Deschanel is young enough to play Carrey's daughter in a film. Perhaps she could play his niece. Either way, the age difference renders their Yes Man romance implausible. And creepy.

But that's consistent with the rest of director Peyton Reed's unfocused string of unfeasible situations and warmed-over stock Carrey bits. Perhaps you still roar when the comedian manipulates his rubbery face into a Quasimodo mask using Scotch tape. Or maybe you've longed for the day when Carrey would serenade a suicidal Luis Guzman with the Third Eye Blind song, "Jumper." I'm not even sure that would have been funny 11 years ago, when the song first came out. And yes, the crowd gathered on the street below does join in for a sing-along chorus, because Reed never misses the opportunity to hammer home an obvious joke.

Since you won't be laughing at the film's lame skits, you have plenty of time to ask a series of question. Does the great Fionnula Flanagan so desperately need work that she'll agree to play a horny landlord who pops her teeth out before performing oral sex on Carrey and his friends? Have you seen more shameless product placement on screen this year that the advertisements-in-a-movie crammed throughout Yes Man? Does Warner feel a little dirty hawking its Harry Potter and 300 franchises in this laughless dud? And most importantly, would any of the events unfolding in Yes Man ever happen in real life under any circumstances?

Contrary to the title, the answer is no.

Corn is the new foam finger.


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Yes Man Rating

" Terrible "


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