- Director:Peyton Reed
- Cast:Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper, Zooey Deschanel, Terrence Stamp
- Release Date:January 01, 2009
- Running time:104 minutes
- Film Worth:$8.50
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“…rises above the comedy pack.”
Jim Carrey's latest vehicle isn't a bad film. Neither is it a particularly good one. But its status improves when compared to the current crop of Hollywood movies masquerading as comedies. With a positive message about embracing life, and crude jokes at a minimum (there's only one full-on, admittedly funny, sex-with-seniors gag), Yes Man rises above the comedy pack.
Carrey is Carl Allen, a cynical junior loan officer in LA. After going to a seminar run by self-help guru Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp) he's railroaded into taking a covenant - he must say "yes" to absolutely anything that life presents. Things go Carl's way when he complies. When he doesn't, he feels the covenant's wrath.
While it's tempting to describe this as one joke stretched into a film (or to call it "Liar Liar 2"), it's actually not that, with the comic pieces falling together into a fairly entertaining whole. Carrey may be doing his shtick (and we love him for it) but he's reined in the mania, using his moves more judiciously. He's in fine form - even doing his own bungee jump stunt.
The problem with Yes Man is its support cast. As Carl's off-beat love interest, Zooey Deschanel doesn't know whether to play it straight or quirky. While Terence Stamp plays it too straight - it's as if his tough guy from The Limey has stumbled onto the wrong set. And New Zealander Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) tries too hard as Carl's painfully daggy boss. He's too weak for Carrey.
Amusing but not hilarious, it's interesting that the funnyman's most memorable roles are probably his dramatic turns. Carrey doesn't always attract comic material as smart as he is. Yes Man comes close. But no cigar.