Sunday, January 4, 2009

Yes, Man

Movie name: Yes, Man
Year of release: 2008
Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson, Molly Sims, Fionnula Flanagan, Sasha Alexander
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4

Jim Carrey is back in comedy land, following his unfortunate last film "The Number 23" from Joel Schumacher. This time he plays Carl, a divorced bank employee that says "No" to everything. His best friend tries to bring him to more social activities, but Carl always manages to refuse or to get away from it. When he gets persuaded to go to a self improvement seminar, he ends up being persuaded to say "YES" to each and every invitation that pops up. This new attitude ends up getting him in a lot of different and odd situations, but also allows him to grow as an individual and get a quirky and beautiful girlfriend. As most of the comedies with Jim Carrey, the end is never really the interest - the focus is the journey and how excessive he can get. "Yes, Man" does start to accuse a bit of Carrey's age, but the film also manages to crank a few laughs and unlike the irritating "Liar, Liar", it's facile morality isn't so obnoxious. The film also scores with the casting of the great Zooey Deschanel that is finally getting out of her indie domain. Worth checking with some reservations.