A guy challenges himself to say “yes” to everything for an entire year.
Peyton Reed isn’t exactly a household name in the long line of directors that Hollywood has. But after his debut movie ‘Bring it On’ and the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn comedy ‘The Break-Up’ he’s off to a good start.
‘Yes Man’ starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel is perhaps one of his finest efforts so far. The story is as simple as they come. Carrey plays Carl, a normal guy who works at a bank. Bitter from losing his girlfriend he lives a solitary life, effectively evading all forms of social contact.
His circle of close friends which is led by his best friend Peter (Bradley Cooper) are starting to get sick of him, and his deskjob at the bank recently declined him promotion.
It’s at this point that Carl enters a seminar for the ‘yes’ society.
The premise of the society is simple: in order to change your life and live it to the fullest, you have to say yes at every opportunity that comes along.
Carl decides to try it out for himself, and that naturally leads to a lot of fun situations.
More than once it reminds you of one of Carrey’s earlier hits ‘Liar, Liar’ where he couldn’t lie. It’s a great set-up for getting your character in all sorts of situations, but besides a memorable encounter with an elderly neighbour, Reed shies away from the more ‘Judd Apatow’ style of humor so to speak.
That’s not to say that this isn’t a fun comedy though. Carrey can do no wrong in my book, but it’s in roles like these that he can be at his best and for what it’s worth: this is Carrey as we’ve come to know and love him.
Complimented by the always great Zooey Deschanel as his new love interest Allison, the couple play well off eachother despite the obvious age difference.
Allison is a free spirit and it’s obvious she embodies everything Carl is not.
Zooey is such a wonderful actress, she can create a very sexual atmosphere without ever having to do a single thing except smile, she’s quirky, fun and ultimately charismatic enough to provide enough counterweight to Jim.
The other highlight worth mentioning is Norman (played by Rhys Darby).
Norman is Carl’s boss in the bank he works at, and he’s just so familiar to anyone who’s seen the inside of an office once. Norman has little to no friends, organises costume parties, is always keen on being considered ‘cool’ and his lack of timing in social situations makes for a lot of laughs.
Yes Man isn’t one of the top ten comedies of the 00’s, but it still is way above average.
It might be 4 years old, and you might have missed it back then (and you’ll be forgiven for writing this off as another uninspired Carrey vehicle) but it’s almost 2013.
Don’t let it become 5 and pop it in just before christmas.
You’re bound to have some good and meaningless fun, thank me later!