Yes Man

"Bad"

Yes Man 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.



Yes Man

Facts and Figures

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

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Fresh: 69 Rotten: 83

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Marty Ewing, ,

Starring: as Carl Allen, as Renee Allison, as Norman, as Lucy, as Tillie, as Jumper, as Rooney, as Stephanie, as Peter, as Nick, Stephanie Hodge as Ticket Lady, Jackie Harris as Bystander, as Terence

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

It's Only the End of the World Movie Review

It's Only the End of the World Movie Review

At just 27 years old, Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan has an almost overwhelming set of...

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

Advertisement
The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.