Yes Man (Special Edition)

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Compulsive 'no' sayer, carl allen, decides to say 'yes' to everything to see the effects after making a convenant with a motivational speaker.

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Studio Warner
SKU 210757878
UPC 883929056545
UPC 14 00883929056545
Format DVD
Release Date 5/11/2010
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Review At first glance, Yes Man appears to be yet another high-concept Jim Carrey comedy...Over the years, we have gotten used to these kinds of movies from the guy who was once best known as a Pet Detective, so one could not be faulted for assuming that Yes Man would be a lot like Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty in tone and intent. However, while a viewer might be expecting a screwball, he/she ends up with a changeup. Because, despite all the funnyman Carrey trappings, this is, in essence, a fairly generic romantic comedy. Carrey does enough mugging at the beginning to fool us into thinking Yes Man is something other than what it is, but the minute Zooey Deschanel appears, the movie takes a left turn. Deschanel isn't just a token female love interest in a Carrey movie. She's a legitimate romantic foil. And that makes the movie a little different from how it's being sold...One of the best things Yes Man does is give the leads enough screen time together to make their growing attraction believable. A growing trend in recent romantic comedies is to clutter the story with so many extraneous elements that the protagonists have only a few token scenes in each other's company. The film also provides a nice satire of near-religious self-help philosophies, and Terence Stamp is the perfect spokesperson - creepy yet strangely compelling...No one is going to argue that Yes Man is Oscar-caliber material, but it fills a necessary lower-brow niche when there are so many prestige offerings on screens. Just as during the summer, when it's nice to get something smart to provide relief from the non-stop barrage of spectacle, so it's pleasant to watch something a little less intellectually taxing between all the would-be Oscar contenders. Yes Man is that movie - undemanding, light, and enjoyable on its own terms.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Jim Carrey made a movie in 1997 titled "Liar Liar" in which his character is a lawyer who suddenly finds he cannot tell a lie. Now here is "Yes Man," with Carrey playing a bank loan executive who cannot say "no." If the movie had been made just a little later to take advantage of the mortgage crisis, it could have been a docudrama...Every time there's a set-up in "Yes Man" we know what must happen. If a homeless guy comes along and asks for a midnight ride to a forest preserve, of course Carl must say "yes." We also can foresee what will happen when Allison doubts his love because maybe he only said "yes" because of his vow. Allison's doubts come perfectly timed to supply the movie's third-act crisis. In fact, the whole story plays as if written by a devout student of the screenplay guru Robert McKee, who also fills rented ballrooms but has the advantage of being smarter and more entertaining than the Guru of Yes...Jim Carrey works the premise for all it's worth, but it doesn't allow him to bust loose and fly. When a lawyer must tell the truth and wants desperately not to (even pounding himself over the head with a toilet seat to stop himself), it's funny. When a loan officer must say "yes" and wants to, where is the tension? The premise removes all opportunity for frustration, at which Carrey is a master, and reduces Carl to a programmed creature, who, as long as he follows instructions, lacks free will...As I watched "Yes Man," I observed two things: (1) Jim Carrey is heroic at trying to keep the movie alive, and succeeds when he is free to be goofy and not locked into yes-and-consequences. (2) It is no news that Zooey Deschanel is a splendid actress and a great beauty, but this is her first movie after which two of my fellow critics proposed marriage to the screen. And I thought they only sat in the front row to better appreciate the film stock.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
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Mark Adams, Daily Mirror ...a terrific feelgood comedy, with Jim Carrey in brilliant form.
Matthew Turner, ViewLondon ...a strong premise, a handful of laugh-out-loud moments and a superb supporting cast.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter Carrey's most satisfying live-action effort since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...a love story that just happens to make you laugh.
Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper ...full of goofy, joyful moments, anchored by the sweet chemistry between Carrey and Deschanel...

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