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Yes Man (2008)

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

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Peyton Reed

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Nicholas Stoller (screenplay), Jarrad Paul (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Carl
Zooey Deschanel ... Allison
Bradley Cooper ... Peter
John Michael Higgins ... Nick
Rhys Darby ... Norman
Danny Masterson ... Rooney
Fionnula Flanagan ... Tillie
Terence Stamp ... Terrence
Sasha Alexander ... Lucy
Molly Sims ... Stephanie
Brent Briscoe ... Homeless Guy
Rocky Carroll ... Wes
John Cothran ... Tweed
Spencer Garrett ... Multack
Sean O'Bryan ... Ted
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The era of yes has begun. See more »

Genres:

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) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,262,471, 21 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$97,690,976, 2 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$228,990,976, 5 April 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Jim Carrey's bungee jump stunt was the final scene filmed, but not before it caused many problems for the insurance company and the producers, due to his insistence of performing the stunt himself. The insurance company was not willing to underwrite a premium for a lead actor over a stunt double. Finally, an agreement was reached between both parties, with the producers assuring two things to the company: the stunt to be performed after filming technically ended; and the scene could only be filmed once. Eight cameras were used to film the stunt, and Carrey performed it uninjured. See more »

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Quotes

[first lines]
Carl Allen: [refusing incoming cell phone call] No.
Carl Allen: [refusing another incoming call] No means no.
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References The Fox and the Hound (1981) See more »

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Say "Yes" to "Yes Man"
3 January 2009 | by Jon OchiaiSee all my reviews

"Yes Man" is surprisingly good, and here the punch line is everything. Jim Carrey is great in Director Peyton Reed's hysterical romantic comedy. Zooey Deschanel is amazingly charming and quirky. In "Yes Man" Carrey plays Carl, who has been divorced for 3 years from Stephanie (flighty and hot Molly Sims) and has an uninspired job as a loan officer at Brea Savings in Los Angeles. Carl has pretty much checked out in life. To that end he says "No" to all invites. Carl even forgets to attend his best friend Peter's (funny Bradley Cooper) engagement party. An old buddy invites Carl to a seminar given by Tony Robbins-like self help guru Terrence Bundley (charismatic Terrence Stamp). Terrence invites Carl to accept the "covenant" to say "Yes" to everything in life. Reluctantly, Carl accepts.

However, there is a point to the screenplay by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel based on the book by Danny Wallace. In a great conversation with Carl and Terrence later in the story Carl asks, "So this is bullsh*t?" Carl has been so not present in his own life. Obviously, saying "Yes" mindlessly to everything is ridiculous. What if taking on saying "Yes" as an operating practice is a way of practicing being enrolled in life. When you are enrolled in life, and become enrolling, you are now open to a new realm of possibility. Reed and his writers present this transformed perspective in both a hysterical and touching manner.

Saying "Yes" immediately does not seem to make a difference for Carl. Carl ends up giving a ride and all of his money to Homeless Guy (funny Brent Briscoe). With his cell phone dead and his car empty on gas, Carl ventures miles to a gas station where he meets free-spirited scooter girl Allison (Deschanel). Allison gives Carl a ride, and leaves an indelible mark on his heart. In not the most linear or obvious ways, Carl soon embraces saying "Yes". Peter asks, "So you say 'yes' to everything?" Carl confesses, "I wasn't open to stuff. Now I am…"

Carl eventually is fated to meet up with Allison. Carl tells Peter that "…She is so not me." There in lies the genius. There is a quiet moment at the Hollywood Bowl where Allison tells Carl, "The whole world is a playground. Somewhere along the way everyone forgets that…" Here Reed is unexpectedly poignant. Carrey and Zooey's sweet and funny chemistry give "Yes Man" its big heart.

"Yes Man" is hysterical. Carrey is at his best playing outrageous comedic with an underlying humanity, instead of straight up serious drama. He is amazingly hysterical as he serenades a Jumper (funny Luis Guzman), takes a drunken beating from an angry boyfriend, and jacked up on Red Bull in a jogging photography class. Zooey Deschanel is Carrey's amazing romantic foil. There is a nice scene as she and Carrey walk side by side along a barren Nebraska road. She is cute and has such a radiant spirit and vulnerability. So her Allison must touchingly reconcile for herself whether Carl is just saying "Yes". "Yes Man" is about what's in your heart and being open to all the possibilities of life. That's not a bad message for a hilarious and outrageous comedy from Jim Carrey and Peyton Reed. Say "Yes" to "Yes Man".


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