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New Review: I am not a “Yes Man”, however Carl Allen totally is

February 16, 2009
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I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend

By Chad Larson (for the girl’s perspective at film freak – see this entry)

When I was a kid, my favorite Jim Carrey movie was “Liar Liar.” That was back when Jim Carrey actually did comedy movies and not serious things like “Man on the Moon” and “The Number 23.” Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great actor and he has shown he can do more than just comedy, but in my heart Jim Carrey is always that funny guy who does the crazy faces.

For those of you who feel the same way, “Yes Man” is your movie. Jim Carrey gets back to his roots as Carl Allen, the sort of guy who never wants to do anything, and is usually a pretty unhappy guy. Carl even misses his best friend’s engagement party because of his negativity.

A chance encounter with an old high school buddy outside of a bank gives Carl a little insight into the world of the “Yes man” and lands him at a self-help seminar with Terrance Bundley, the proverbial Jesus of “Yes.”

At this seminar, Carl forges a covenant with Terrance. He will say yes to everything, no excuses.

Of course, this starts out humorously with Carl loaning money to a homeless guy and giving him a ride so far out he runs out of gas. And there are plenty of other funny situations in the movie that present themselves, but at the same time we see that Carl’s life is actually getting better amongst all the lunacy that “yes” has brought about. He meets Allison, the lead singer of a band he’s seen at a bar, and it’s obvious that they like each other. He finds himself getting out and trying new things and enjoying life again.

That doesn’t mean that all of this acceptance doesn’t blow up in Carl’s face in a hilarious fashion, because what good story doesn’t have some conflict?

This movie, much like “Be Kind Rewind” left me smiling at the end, not because of all the jokes but because of the feel-good nature of the story. And at the same time it brought me back to seeing Liar Liar when I was a kid. I really enjoyed this film and I’d encourage anyone who is a fan of Carrey’s previous movies to check it out.

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