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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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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 »


A video store section labeled "Family" contains R or NC-17 rated horror films such as The Thing and Saw. 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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Written by Norwood Cheek and Peyton Reed
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6 December 2008 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Being lucky, I already saw "Yes Man" and was pleasantly surprised. Jim Carrey is not really my all time favorite (despite his comic talent and acting skills), but in this movie he seems to have hit the spot.

The story itself is really simple: Carl (Jim Carrey), a very negative man, goes to a meeting among the very positive Yes people, whose charismatic leader (Terence Stamp) preaches that one should say Yes to all questions and agree with all propositions. Carl is reluctantly convinced to try it out, and after meeting a girl on a scooter (the ever so lovely Zooey Deschanel) all sorts of things start happening around him. But being 100% positive might be tricky sometimes...

It is all very silly, of course - but this feel-good comedy has a small undertone of seriousness as well. And it has a great cast, many delightful scenes, a reasonably relaxed Jim Carrey and a lighthearted style. Y/N? I say Y.

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