Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is a loan officer
for a Los Angeles bank who has grown quiet accustom to the word 'no'.
After being dumped by his girlfriend three years earlier Carl spiralled
into a beige existence and has declined every offer of opportunity,
love, socialisation or even entertainment and has ostracised himself to
the point where his best friends have nothing in common with him
anymore. When it gets to near breaking point Carl has a fleeting, but
strange, run in with a old acquaintance who convinces him to attend a
self help seminar run by the egocentric motivational guru Terrance
Bundley (Terence Stamp) on the power of saying 'Yes'.
Carl, while reluctant at first, adopts the seminars mantra of answering
'Yes' to everything that comes your way, no matter how big or small.
After a days perseverance and mishaps the power of 'Yes' brings him
along to meeting the enchanting and free spirited Allison (Zooey
Deschanel), a jogging photographer and band front woman, leading to his
first glimmer of love in three long years. With a fresh outlook Carl
runs with Yes, leading him on adventures from learning to fly, getting a
promotion and to participating in a Harry Potter costume party thrown by
his isolated and geeky boss Norman (Rhys Darby). His new found
positivity makes Carl and Allison inseparable but after being falsely
accused as a terrorism suspect by the FBI and a brutal re-emergence by
his ex, the Yes mantra is starting to undo everything in Carls life,
leaving him faced with the choice of sticking with the ideal that kick
started his life or going after the girl of his dreams.
It's been a while since we've seen Carrey in a well written comedy and
his performance doesn't disappoint. The is a distinct feeling of déjà vu
though as there is a striking similarity to Carrey's 1997 picture 'Liar
Liar'. Zooey Deschanel has the quirky lovable heart warmer down pat and
Rhys Darby steals practically every scene he's in. This film is well
shot, sharp and extremely colourful and captures the moods exactly with
a brilliant soundtrack from some great alternative acts such as The
Raconteurs, The Eels, Expatriate, and Bloc Party.
Fans of Carrey will add this to their collection with no hesitation,
with many memorable scenes and no pause on laughs for the entire film,
it's a great one to own with plenty of rewatching. The special features
are cantered around behind the scenes interviews, the now infamous
Carrey outtakes and music videos by Allison's faux band 'Munchausen By
Proxy'. They show as more of a 'added bonus' to the movie, but really,
in this case the feature stands tall enough.
Downtime on the set of Yes Man
Extreme Yes Man
Future Sounds : Munchausen By Proxy
Munchausen By Proxy Music Videos