A lonely, depressed man challenges himself to
say "yes" to every opportunity that presents itself.
Yes Man (2008)
Directed by Peyton Reed
Written by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel
Starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Danny Masterson, Rhys Darby, Terence Stamp, John Michael Higgins
Based on the book by Danny Wallace
Yes Man isn't one of Jim Carrey's most memorable films, but it's certainly one of his most heartfelt and honest comedies. It's a film that sports a really good message about living your life to the fullest instead of watching it pass by. Carrey gives a surprisingly restrained performance, and his chemistry with Zooey Deschanel is really solid. I think this comedy should be more popular, and while it was a box office smash, it fell off the pop culture radar pretty quick.
Carl Allen (Carrey) is stuck in life. He doesn't go out, he doesn't mix things up, and he ignores opportunities. When he is talked into attending a seminar about being a "yes man," Carl decides to give the program a try and starts saying "yes" to every opportunity that presents itself to him. Using this, he meets the girl of his dreams, becomes way more sociable to his friends, and starts living life again. While not as laugh out loud funny as some of his other films, Yes Man is just charming to watch. Carl is a likable guy who genuinely wants to change who he is for the better, and in the end, he manages to balance the enjoyment of life with the caution of slowing down. It's a good watch.
Yes Man won't split your sides or give you some new movie quotes for your arsenal, but it will make you reevaluate the way you life your life. Am I happy? Do I make the most of things? How often do I say "no" instead of "yes"? There's a number of heartwarming scenes and some funny moments that will keep you going, but ultimately this movie is more of a dramedy. And that's not a bad thing.