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Yes Man (7/10)
by Tony Medley
There are people, lots of them, whose first
instinct is to say “no” to any proposal. These people miss out on much
of the fun of life. In this film, Karl Allen (Jim Carrey), is one of
those people. His friends know it and entice him to visit a lecture by
Terrence Bundley (Terrence Stamp). Bundley has written a book entitled
“Say Yes,” and the thrust of his teaching is that his followers should
say yes to everything.
Karl decides to go along and makes a
commitment to Terrence that he will say yes to anything that is
This results in some comedic adventures, not
as stupid as one might imagine, and leads Karl to meet the beautiful
free spirit, Allison (Zooey Deschanel). Karl falls for her and from
there on, Karl’s life spins out of control as he continues to say yes to
anything that’s proposed to him.
Jim Carrey has built a career out of playing
characters so over the top that they not only not believable, they are
idiotic. So I wasn’t looking forward to this at all. Much to my surprise
and enjoyment, however, in this film, Carrey plays it relatively
straight. This is a good, entertaining romantic comedy with a good
I wasn’t expecting much here because in
addition to Carrey being the star, it is directed by Peyton Reed, who
has to accept responsibility for the vile and vapid “Down With Love,”
which was supposed to be a parody of the old Doris Day-Rock Hudson
films. Instead it was not funny and had a deplorable charade of oral
But Reed acquits himself for that disaster
himself here. Not only does Carrey give a good performance, Deschanel is
beautiful and desirable and Stamp captures the personality and mode of
operation the self-help guru exactly.
However, Reed is still obsessed with oral sex.
He has a deplorable scene in which Karl receives oral sex from an
octogenarian woman. Because of that scene, I wouldn’t recommend this for
children. Reed should grow up and forget about such juvenile scenes.
This is yet another current film that really
surprised me. Maybe things are turning up in the film business.