|Directed by:||Peyton Reed|
|Written by:||Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel|
|Cast:||Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, Terence Stamp|
Yes Man is as predictable and formulaic as romantic comedies come, but for some reason Yes Man still got the best of me. Jim Carrey plays Carl, a man who has become sort of a recluse since his wife left him, and who needs a change in life. That change comes in the form of a self-help seminar that gets Carl saying “Yes” to everything and which gets Carl to start enjoying the little things in life that he never had a chance to before. Jim Carrey has sort veered down the mainstream path again as of late, with comedies like Bruce Almighty, Fun with Dick & Jane, and now Yes Man, and even though I would rather see him in more challenging, yet still funny roles, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind & The Truman Show, I just love the energy and effort he puts into any roles he takes on, and the same goes for Yes Man. Here is he is an everyday Joe who lives a normal, non-eventful life who gets transformed into the perfect Carrey character, a guy who starts to act a little zany, hams it up a little bit, takes some chances and just starts enjoying life. I am ok with that, and I found his act this time around to be funny and heartwarming. The movie itself is just a vehicle for his zaniness, but it does let him get back on track with his friends, as well as a girl, the cutesy Zooey Deschanel, who does a nice job of going with the flow but still offers up enough smarts and wherewithal to be taken seriously from time to time. The friendships that he gains and strengthens, which were on the downfall beforehand, are easy to relate to and admirable, and the story about living life and trying new things leaves a smile on your face.
There aren’t too many things that bothered me, but I did find the actors who play Carrey’s best buds, Bradley Cooper, Danny Masterson and Deschanel specifically, to be way too young to be entirely believable as his group of friends/girlfriend. I mean, these people are probably in their late 20’s and early 30’s and Carrey is…well….a few years shy of 50! Not buying it, but they were still all fun in their roles. A few scenes were a little too obnoxiously corny and unnecessary, like Carrey singing and strumming to “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind to a suicidal guy on the ledge of a building. What did that have to do with saying Yes to everything? And in the end, you know the guy is gonna make good and get the girl, but I didn’t think it would be so easy!
Overall, a fun movie that has Carrey acting his goofiest, but still with plenty of charm. A fun cast, consistent laughs and just a feel good story make this a good time, that can definitely be seen in the theater for a few hardy laughs! Yes, it’s a bit formulaic and mainstream, but it has a fun story and a lot going in its favor!