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Yes Man (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 19 December 2008 (USA)
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A guy challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year.

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Carl Allen is at a standstill. No future... Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of "Yes", and sees his professional and romantic life turned upside down overnight: an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend. But he'll soon discover that better can be good's enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn't be taken. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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The era of yes has begun. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,262,471 (USA) (19 December 2008)

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$97,680,195 (USA) (27 March 2009)
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Jim Carrey declined an upfront salary for this film. Instead he will be paid 36.2% of the film's profits. See more »

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The position of Allison's arm change after she and Carl take a break to drink water after their morning jog. Her arm with the water bottle can be seen hanging off the rail but then quickly changes position after cutting to a different scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Carl Allen: [refusing incoming cell phone call] No.
Carl Allen: [refusing another incoming call] No means no.
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There are no opening credits. The title doesn't even appear on screen until the start of the end credits. See more »

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References Next (2007) See more »

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The Spaces Between
Written by Benjamin William Gidley King, Chris Kolias and Damian Paul Press
Performed by Expatriate
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Pure joy. A great film, true to its rom-com genre roots. I was uplifted, and grandly entertained!
20 December 2008 | by (Great Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Yes Man was a delight to watch. Critics had panned it a bit, but unfairly, in my view. Granted, it is formulaic, but it IS a rom-com, and rom-coms have formulas. What made this film so great was the natural charm of Zooey Deschanel. She is beautiful, of course, but not in a "model-y" kind of way. She has always had a freshness and honesty about her that makes her appealing. When I first saw her in "Almost Famous," playing the older sister, I wished I had an older sister like that. When she played the girl lead in Big Trouble, she was quirky, but without any of the self-aware conceit that can often accompany quirky young female actors. I will be kind and avoid names, but perhaps you can picture in your mind some of the "Tragically Hip" and oh-so-cool young actresses who do quirk with a smirk. Zooey Deschanel has an innocence and a friendly quality that really make her shine, in the way a flower shines.

Jim Carrey was also very good in this. He is who he is--- goofy and loopy and elastic. This wasn't a "Serious Role," such as Truman Show serious--- but wasn't over the top like Ace Ventura. Maybe he's mellowed with age. I liked him as a wild kid, but like him even more now that he is a bit "evened out." He is still hilarious--- but also a bit more human, and a bit more approachable.

This movie runs through its rom-com paces, but each new scene, while a bit predictable, was nonetheless a pleasure. I felt uplifted by the end, and am very glad I went, even in the blizzard occurring where I am now staying. It was worth it!


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