Allen (Carrey) had always gone through life saying no to everything, never
wanting to take a risk or do anything that mean he gain more attention than
he wanted. This attitude had got even worse since his wife Stephanie (Sims)
left him two years earlier and it was now affecting his friendship with
his best friend Peter (Cooper). Everything changes however when he runs
into his old friend Nick (Higgins), who introduces him to motivational speaker
Terrence Bundley (Stamp), a man who pushes the positivity of the word 'Yes'.
Singled out by Terrence, Carl is told to make a covenant with himself to
say yes to every question he is asked but can the man who always says no,
really change his life?
Carrey fans have had to watch their favourite star try and go down the serious
route and forget about this over the top, rubber-faced maniac that they
first adored him for but in 'Yes Man' they just might have him back.
Jim Carrey jumped onto the big screen in the 90s in hits like 'Ace Ventura:
Pet Detective', 'The Mask', 'Dumb & Dumber' and 'Liar, Liar', he cemented
himself as the man who could create manic, over-the-top characters that
you either loved or hated. When he released 'The Truman Show' however, Jim
Carrey turned into the comedian that wanted to be taken seriously and with
just cause. His performances in 'Man on the Moon', 'Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind' and the aforementioned 'The Truman Show' gained him much
warranted plaudits that he deserved but the missteps of 'The Number 23'
and 'The Majestic', fans might have thought they had lost that rubber-faced
comedian forever but in 'Yes Man' they see a little bit of that coming back.
Based on the book by Scottish humorist Danny Wallace, who committed to an
experiment of saying yes to all those questions he would have said no to
and then wrote a book about all the crazy things he got up to, and then
injected with a lot of fictional elements to make a movie, 'Yes Man' is
the Hollywood version of Wallace's fascinating experiment. Of course it
has been injected with some Tinsel Town sentimentality but it is the premise
that really works and Jim Carrey really has fun with a character that cannot
say no to anything.
is the kind of role that Carrey was made for, playing the man who had shut
himself off to the world after his wife left him but also enjoys himself
when getting involved in some of the activities that his friends ask him
to do. While some fans may long for the manic 'Ace Ventura' or 'Dumb & Dumber'
Carey but this is the closest you are going to get, especially during the
scenes were Carl is drunk. You will also wish that you had the gumption
to say yes to everything as Carl, learns the guitar, to speak Korean and
drink some of the strangest cocktails you could ever drink. This is a return
to form for Jim Carey however, as he tries to regain some of the comedic
acclaim that he gathered during his early career. His supporting cast help
along however, with excellent performances from Zooey Deschanel as the slightly
kooky Allison, Bradley Cooper and Danny Masterson as Carl's friends Peter
and Rooney, Terence Stamp as motivational speaker Terrence Bundley and Molly
Sims as Carl's ex Stephanie. It is Rhys Darby who steals the film as Carl's
boss at the bank, Norman. With his themed parties and bags of enthusiasm,
he is completely over the top but very funny with it.
Man' is Jim Carrey's best comedic film in a long time. With a fun premise
and a very good supporting cast, this is a real return to form for Jim Carrey
and fans of his more manic comedy will really enjoy saying 'Yes' to this
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Time on the set of Yes Man (4.00 mins)
Watch director Peyton Reed and star Jim Carrey have some fun between shots
on the set of 'Yes Man'.
Carrey: Extreme Yes Man (11.52 mins)
Director Peyton Reed and stars Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel reveal how
many of his own stunts that Jim Carrey actually did. From been attacked
by a dog, riding a Ducati, roller blading down a mountain and bungee jumping
from a bridge.
Sounds: Munchausen by Proxy (5.28 mins)
Watch the mockumentary about the cult following Alison's art house band
'Munchausen by Proxy'.
Munchausen by Proxy Music Videos (14.25 mins)
Watch footage of Alison's band performing the songs 'Uh Huh', 'Yes Man',
'Star Spangled Banner', 'Sweet Ballard' and 'Key Star'.
Reel (5.35 mins)
Watch the cast make a hash of their lines and have some fun while on the
set of 'Yes Man'
A preview of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'
The DVD treatment for 'Yes Man' is fine but not as good as it could have
been. The lack of a commentary track is a little disappointing but the featurettes
are fun and a good watch for fans of the film. We do tend to expect a little
more from DVDs these days, especially from big releases like this.
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