Yes Man

Posted December 18, 2008 in Film

In 2004, Scottish comedian Danny Wallace decided the best way to get off his couch was saying yes to everything: good parties, bad parties, and punches in the face. During his social experiment, he got promoted, won the lotto, and met his wife. When Hollywood offered to turn his idea into a Yuletide release starring Jim Carrey, Wallace knew just what to answer. Only director Peyton Reed isn’t sure what to make of the premise—is this a therapeutic uplifter or an excuse to make Carrey mug while popping wheelies on expensive motorcycles? It’s both, and therefore not enough of either. The script by screenwriters Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel veers from sunny optimism to a reoccuring grossout gag involving a grandmotherly neighbor who can’t stop asking younger men if they want a denture-less BJ. Carrey now has the crags and wrinkles of a middle-aged Serious Actor, but here his primary expression is a gum-exposing grin. His character—a divorced bank loan evalutator—is a thinly-conceived cypher, though in these days of dithering male leads, it’s refreshing to watch a grown man make decisions. With the always-fine Zooey Deschanel playing another free-spirited hipster love interest and Terence Stamp, well-cast as the cult leader of affirmation. (Amy Nicholson)



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