#357/#74 Yes Man
Terminal no-er Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is missing out on life by saying no to everything he could be saying yes to. When he attends a self help seminar on just saying yes however, his whole world view is turned on its head, as he has to say yes to everything he’s asked or face the universe’s wrath. Soon he’s living life more, reconnecting with old friends and maybe even finding love.
This one got overlooked by a lot of people because it seemed very similar in tone to one of Carrey’s earlier films (Liar Liar) and that’s a shame. While it’s not the most overall engaging or inventive of films it does have a real feel good factor to it that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s one of Carrey’s funnier comedy roles of late and by the end of it you really like all of the characters involved throughout the story. It also allows for a whole raft of interesting yeses to occur while letting the audience see how opening up to different possibilities can lead a person to a completely different destination.
The only thing I don’t like all that much about the film is Zooey Deschanel as the love interest. On paper she’s the perfect person for the role, given that she’s a manic pixie girl in every films she’s in, but the age different and the different comedic timings between the two actors means they never really connect successfully. I don’t dislike her, or even her character, but she just doesn’t mesh well with the vibe and tone Carrey had already established for the film.
That said, it’s never enough to take me out of the good time I’m having with the rest of the film. Fans of Carrey should check this out but really anyone that just likes a feel good film should as well. 4/5
P.S. This film was loosely based of a British book called Yes Man by Danny Wallace and it’s 10 times better than this already rather enjoyable film. It’s very British, very funny, has only a fraction of the romance and deals more with why this man suddenly undertakes this endeavour rather than just saying the universe is going to punish him if he doesn’t. Even if you give the film a miss I’d definitely recommend giving the book a read.