Yes Man movie review: Loan officer and grade-A party pooper Carl (Jim Carrey) attends a self-empowerment seminar that commands him to say â€śYesâ€ť to every opportunity, causing him to start giving rides to homeless people, taking flying lessons and snorting hot sauce. It also makes him a lot happier and scores him perky girlfriend Allison (Zooey Deschanel), whoâ€™s equally impulsive and fun-loving. With Bradley Cooper (â€śWedding Crashersâ€ť) as Carlâ€™s best friend and Rhys Darby (â€śFlight of the Conchordsâ€ť) as Carlâ€™s goofball boss Norman.
The buzz: Rust alert? Carrey hasnâ€™t starred in a comedy since 2005â€™s â€śFun with Dick and Jane,â€ť and the life-altering premise of â€śYes Manâ€ť sounds just a wee bit like â€śLiar, Liar.â€ť But itâ€™s the sort of lightweight idea that fits nicely into a commercial, and â€śLiar, Liarâ€ť does have its moments, so perhaps â€śYesâ€ť is at least worth seeing.
The verdict: â€śYes Manâ€ť lunges awfully hard to hit the funny boneâ€”Norman hosts a â€śHarry Potterâ€ť costume party; Carl buys a bride on Persianwifefinder.com; Carl agrees to be sexually serviced by an old woman, sans Dentures, and likes it! Surprisingly, the movie is a more direct hit to the heart, proving to be a much better romance than comedy as the chemistry between Carrey and Deschanel makes Carl and Allison look like theyâ€™re really cut out for each other. When it loosens up and just glides on the right sort of positivity, â€śYes Manâ€ťâ€”forced quirkiness asideâ€”turns radical open-mindedness into a sweet reminder about the inspiring power of spontaneity. Source: Metromix
Box Office: Despite the mixed critical reception, the film opened #1 in its first weekend at the US box office with $18.3 million, and went straight to the top of the UK box office in its first weekend after release. To date, the film has taken in more than $220 million worldwide.