Posted by: cosborn | December 26, 2008

Yes Man – Okay, Say Yes

We have a fun tradition with our kids of going to a movie Christmas Eve. We let our teenagers pick this year, and they selected “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. I am not the world’s biggest Jim Carrey fan, but I really like some things he’s done. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is a very interesting film, and Carrey did a very good job in it. So I think he’s capable of some good work, and he can be in good movies. I don’t like the Ace Ventura stuff, though. So, Jim Carrey movies generally come with warning labels in my mind. You can take the warning label away for “Yes Man.”

Jim Carrey plays a really boring loan officer (Carl Allen) whose life is basically on hold. He’s divorced, and he’s never really gotten to the point where he will be social in the three years since his marriage ended. Bradley Cooper plays his best friend who’s ready to dump him, and John Michael Higgins plays another good friend who is worried, but a bit less sympathetic. Both of these actors offer some terrific moments in the movie.

Carl’s life is changed when he attends a seminar, and makes a covenant to say “Yes” to any opportunity. Think “Liar, Liar” to get the basic premise. There his character (a lawyer) could no longer lie, and here his character (a loan officer) can’t say “no” to anything. Carl’s life indeed changes, and he meets Alison, played by Zooey Deschanel. Alison is a free spirit who captivates Carl.

All in all, this is a fun little movie. It’s light and breezy, but you pull for the characters to get it together before the end. Carrey was really silly in places (okay – he’s Jim Carrey), but overall he kept the stupid antics under wraps long enough to let the audience get to know and actually like Carl. Zooey Deschanel was terrific. I’ve liked this actress in several other roles, and her quirky looks and voice (I really like her voice!) may keep her from ever achieving big time stardom, but she’s talented and very engaging in roles like this one.

I wish movie studios could be a bit more creative with movie ideas, but I was pleasantly surprised by “Yes Man”, and I’d recommend this movie to friends.



  1. BravoChris! Well written and interesting!

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