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Yes Man

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Jim Carrey, Yes Man
Melissa Moseley

Yes Man

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
104 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/19/08
performer:
Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Terence Stamp
director:
Peyton Reed
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
58231, 66885, 8777
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Carl (Jim Carrey), a loan officer so morose he needs to have his arm twisted to go for drinks with friends, is ripe for conversion by a self-help guru (Terence Stamp) who orders him to say ”yes” to everything. Soon he’s giving cash to a bum, learning Korean, talking a man off a ledge, and wooing a punk rocker (Zooey Deschanel) he would never have met without his new ”philosophy.” This is basically a nerd-loosening-his-tie romantic comedy done in the manic-compulsive mode of Liar Liar. It has more chuckles than guffaws, though, maybe because Carrey has always been a comic actor who says yes yes yes. Literalizing that impulse only robs it of surprise. B?

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