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:: Yes Man

If you put Jim Carrey in your film you are always guaranteed to make a killing at the box office but that doesn’t always mean the film is any good… in fact Carrey has made some absolute stinkers over the years. That’s why it is a pleasant surprise to find that ‘Yes Man’ is a well scripted comedy that will have you laughing out loud.

Carrey plays Carl Allen a man who has managed to alienate himself from his all his friends and live an empty existence by simply saying ‘no’ to everything he has ever been offered. With close friend Peter (Bradley Cooper) questioning his friendship with Carl, Carl knows he has to change but doesn’t know how. He is then dragged along to a conference being held by Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp) where he is challenged to say ‘YES’ to everything. He accepts the challenge and soon finds massive changes in his life including a budding relationship with the free-spirited Allison (Zooey Deschanel) and a friendship with his boss, Norman (Rhys Darby) which leads to some big changes at work.

Credit must be paid to Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel who have taken Danny Wallace’s book and created a screenplay that not only has a decent storyline but allows Carrey to show just what a comic genius he is while playing a well-rounded character that isn’t only made up of comic slap-stick. Director, Peyton Reed also allows Carrey to bring some creativity to the film without letting him getting out of control. There are some classic one liners while the scene at the Hollywood Bowl is absolutely brilliant.

The producers of ‘Yes Man’ have also taken a huge risk in casting Zooey Deschanel) as Carrey’s romantic interest. Film critics have recently been scathing in their reports on her and even questioned whether she has any acting ability at all. While she is good in ‘Yes Man’ you could hardly call her brilliant, even though this is part she was born to play. Lucily for the film some other actors step up to plate and put in some good performances. Danny Masterson shows there is life for him after ‘That 70s Show’ while Rhys Darby matches Carrey in the comic stakes playing the nerdy Norman and making it a truly memorable role.

While ‘Yes Man’ will hardly go down in history as a classic film it does at least makes you laugh with a witty script and good storyline, and while there are obvious similarities to ‘Liar Liar’ it is more than worth having a look at if you love a good comedy.