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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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One word can change everything. See more »


Comedy | Romance

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

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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$97,680,195 (USA) (27 March 2009)

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Did You Know?


While filming the scene in the bar where Carl runs into a waitress and falls on his back, Jim Carrey did the stunt incorrectly, fell to the floor harder than he expected, and broke three ribs in the process. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Carl Allen: [refusing incoming cell phone call] No.
Carl Allen: [refusing another incoming call] No means no.
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Crazy Credits

Shortly after the credits begin, there is a short scene in which Carl and Allison ride down a mountain road on body skates. See more »


References Reefer Madness (1936) See more »


Staring at the Rude Bois
Written by Paul Fox, John Jennings, Malcolm Owen and Glen Dave Ruffy
Performed by Gallows featuring Lethal Bizzle
Courtesy of Epitaph and Warner Music UK
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Not Jim's best, but still a nice comedy
22 March 2009 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Jim Carrey, a man who has delivered some of the most memorable comedies of the 90's: Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Dumb and Dumber, and the Mask. He used to be one of the funniest men alive, now it's just kind of odd, he's gone into the drama genre in films, which is good, he's actually proved to be a good actor. But with the comedy, it's like he was once the person who you would be first to invite to the party because he was so funny, now he's the guy who invites himself to the party and laughs at his own jokes. I think because he's older it's just awkward watching him trying so hard to make people laugh. Not that Yes Man is a bad film, it's just a different version of Liar Liar, yet he's not even hypnotized into saying yes to everything, he just does so because he thinks it'll make his life better. So instead of feeling bad for him you just go "ummm, are you an idiot?". I don't wanna know if a man hit on him if he had to say yes to that too.

Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen has become withdrawn and depressed since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie. Routinely ignoring his friends, he has grown used to spending his spare time watching DVDs alone in his apartment. His outlook on life has become inherently negative. But when a friend persuades him to attend the "Yes!" self-improvement seminar, motivational guru Terrence Bundley publicly browbeats him into making a covenant with himself. Carl reluctantly promises to stop being a "No Man" and vows to answer "Yes!" to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself thereafter. After the seminar he meets Allison, an eccentric young woman who is refueling her scooter. After this experience, Carl adopts a positive mentality and seizes every opportunity that comes his way. He takes flying lessons, attends Korean language classes, learns to play the guitar, and even joins a Persian dating website. Saying "yes" constantly works to Carl's advantage. As their relationship blossoms, Carl and Allison meet at the airport for a spontaneous weekend excursion. But while checking in for the flight, Carl is detained by FBI agents, who have profiled him as potential terrorist because he has taken flying lessons, studied Korean, approved a loan to a fertilizer company, met an Iranian mail-order bride, and bought plane tickets at the last minute. Then Allison begins to doubt whether his commitment to her was ever sincere.

Yes Man is over all a good comedy, it has a few good laughs here and there. I think the plot just needed a bit of work, because like I said before it's just odd that he isn't hypnotized into saying yes constantly, he just does so because someone told him to do it. Yeah, it brought him to some great moments in his life, but he ordered a bride? He's just a little bit crazy. But over all I'd have to say that this movie is more of a rental vs. a theater experience. Jim Carrey can still make you laugh, but not the same as he used to, it's just time to grow up, how long can you make those stupid faces for without looking ridicules being a grown man? Well, the money helps I guess.


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