Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Yes Man

Lowdown: A guy’s life changes when he starts saying “yes” to everything.
When he is not busy lunatically advocating against vaccinations and thus being responsible for totally preventable human suffering, Jim Carrey tends to be busy acting out all sorts of lunatics. He does so in 2008’s Yes Man, a film that follows that usual American mainstream release pattern for comedies to the letter.
Carrey starts out as guy for whom life has not been a success story. His wife left him, he’s stuck at a boring dead end bank job, and he secludes himself from his friends. Change happens when one such friend takes him to see a guru advocating people say “yes” to everything (Terence Stamp). The guru puts a spell on Carrey, or so Carrey thinks; as a result, Carrey implements saying “yes” to everything to the letter. As one can expect from a Jim Carrey comedy, this gets him to all sorts of crazy situations but also gets him the girl (Zooey Deschanel), a promotion and his life back.
I will admit to have watched Yes Man voluntarily. The reason it was picked was its easy availability (we had it on our PVR) and us wanting to watch something suitable for the brain dead tired people we are. Indeed, if you’re brain dead, Yes Man would work; sadly, there is not much more I can say in its favor other than note the performance of Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords' agent). Yes Man never really made me feel for any of its characters, it was predictable, and it was mundane. Worst of all, you sort of expect a comedy to make you laugh, if only occasionally; Yes Man never did.
Interesting scene: Carrey receives some relief (yes, that type of relief) from a passionate old lady. I have to say I didn’t expect a Hollywood release to go down that path.
Overall: Not an unpleasant watch, but as far from being special as possible. 2 out of 5 stars.

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