Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yes Man (2008) PG13 - 3½ Stars

You have to love all the crazy faces Carrey is able to contort his face to. Like the pumped up scene with Red Bull or the scotch taping of his face, "Yes Man" is a very cute romantic comedy also staring Zooey Deschanel. I think she is a perfect match to add that off the wall touch balancing Carrey's behavior. I especially like the motorcycle ride at the end and the
super high buzz at Griffith park.

Carl Allen (Jim Carrey), is a banker stagnant in his job and becoming a bit of a recluse in his home life ever since his break up with girlfriend Stephanie (Molly Sims). Stephanie has found new love with a wealthy man that can give her anything her heart desires. Carl, on the other hand, is stuck in a time warp, always at local video store, renting movies, and staying at home ignoring the phone. (Wow sounds like me!) haha. But his life is about to change when he attends a self help meeting and introduced to the leader, Mr. Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp), "Yes Man" guru himself. Terrance's tells Carl "You say no to life and therefore you are not living." He convinces Carl that if he will start answering YES to every situation, he can open his life to all sorts of new opportunities.

It starts right away when Carl is approached by a homeless man (Brent Briscoe), who asks for a ride to his home in the bushes of Elysian Park. Carl obliges and also gives the man all of the money in his wallet. As he leaves, he runs out of gas and realises his cell phone is dead after letting the homeless man reach out and touch all his family and friends. Off down the road he goes to get some gas when he is approached by Allison (Zooey Deschanel), on a moped, who offers him a ride back to his car. Before long, Carl finds himself saying yes to each and every situation as his friends Peter (Bradley Cooper), Norman (Rhys Darby), and Nick (John Michael Higgins), notice major changes in Carl. Life is good for Carl, who gets a promotion at work and a new chance at love with Allison, that is until Allison realises Carl's just been saying yes due to the seminar rather than because of her. Now Carl has to start choosing his words very carefully if he is to win the heart of the girl he truly loves.

Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Jarrad Paul, Andy Mogel, Nick Stoller
Producers: David Heyman, Richard D. Zanuck
I viewed 5/09

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