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Yes Man

Yes Man

Director:Peyton Reed
Cast:Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Terence Stamp, Molly Sims
Release Date:2008

By Cole Haddon | Posted 12/17/2008

Ostensibly an adaptation of Danny Wallace's memoir of the same name, director Peyton Reed appears only to be interested in the book's basic premise, that a man says yes to everything for a year--from credit card offers to invitations to people on the street--and spun that idea into a sometimes funny, generally soulless Jim Carrey broad comedy. Carl Allen (Carrey) hates everything since his wife left him. The negative dick says no to his friends, his boss's party e-vites, and customers asking for loans at the bank where he works. This all changes when an acquaintance introduces him to the philosophy of yes as professed by Terrence Bundley (Terrence Stamp). Pretty soon, Carl says yes to everything and life is suddenly grand. His friends love him again, and he even falls in love with hipster photographer/musician Allison (Zooey Deschanel) who shows him how to enjoy things again. That is, until the ex-wife comes a-knocking, and the weakness of the "yes" philosophy is revealed. Spoiler alert: apparently saying yes to everything isn't the answer.

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