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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 »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Carl is sitting down watching "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken", is a tribute to the late Don Knotts. Jim Carrey was slated at the time to star in and approved by Mr. Knotts, in a remake of the 1964 movie "The Incredible Mr. Limpet", but Knotts passed away shortly before filming began on Yes Man and Jim felt that it wouldn't feel right to accept the role. See more »


When Carl's car runs out of gas, he has already turned the car around, so that it was facing downhill. The obvious move had been to simply put the car into neutral (N) and let it ride down the hill to minimize the walking distance to the gas station. 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

There are no opening credits. The title doesn't even appear on screen until the start of the end credits. See more »


References The Sum of All Fears (2002) See more »


Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A.
Written by Wiliam Katz, Gene Piller and Ruth Roberts
Performed by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhusker Marching Band
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User Reviews

Don't be a no man!
27 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to this film as one of those process-of-elimination things: Valkry had Tom Cruise, my friend had already seen Benjamin Button, Spirit's show-times suck, my local theater is idiotic and not showing Doubt or Slumdog Millionaire, all leaving Yes Man which neither of us were enthused about, but hey! it got us out of the house. We were shocked to leave the theater with our lungs hurting. The movie was well thought, well executed, and the humor was smart, snappy, and so far from the usual toilet humor of Jim Carrey. I was throughly and delightfully surprised with this film. On the note of message: I think this film actually has a very valuable message. Never in the history of humankind has the average person had so many opportunities to live life in ways never before imagined, yet never before have we been so isolated. Our computers; our phones; our mp3s and ipods; dare I say it, our movies all keep us isolated from actual social interaction. We are skeptical and judgmental about those who actually seek social interaction and friendship (site: Norman) that we fail to realize we are the ones who are actually lame--we are the ones not gathering with the people we love and those we have yet to meet. We are the ones spending our nights lulled into lame predictability, sitting in front of our TVs, telling characters in films to "just snap it off already." Yes Man is not just a fun filled film. It is a well deserved social critique.

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