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Yes Man

November 19, 2010

Yes Man

This film is typical, boring, romantic comedy.  It might have a highlight or two, but for the most part, it falls flat with little to nothing new.  This film is about Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel being Zooey Deschanel.  Both of them are fine as themselves, but the same old over the top schtick that Carrey does, and the sweet free willed girl that Deschanel always does, doesn’t lend itself to anything new and or original.

The story starts out with a bland character portrayed by Jim Carrey, who works in a bank, approving loans, and doesn’t approve any of them, in fact, he doesn’t say yes to anything.  And then, he finds out about this magic program, in which he says yes to anything and everything, and all of a sudden his life changes, for the better.  So he decides to say yes to everything for a whole year.  During this time he falls for Zooey Deschanel’s character and things are going fine, until his saying yes to everything gets him into trouble with her, and they break up.  So, he goes to find the guy who told him to say yes to everything, to find out why things aren’t going as swimmingly as they were before, and the man tells him, that his yes method isn’t about saying yes to everything, but not being afraid to say yes, and not being afraid to change, and to say yes to things that make sense.  So Jim Carrey’s character does that, and he wins back Deschanel’s character.

When it comes down to it, the story is so bland and predictable that no one really would have been able to save it.  Even Danny Masterson of That 70’s Show fame and Bradley Cooper, from The Hangover, who are funny in their own right can’t even help this sinking ship.  And Zooey Deschanel and Jim Carrey make it worse.  Carrey plays his loud over the top self in a role that it can work for with better material and a different lead with him.  Zooey Deschanel is probably screwed when it comes to acting.  She always plays the same character, the really sweet, artsy, nice, hippie type of character who is too calm, and I am not actually sure she can play anything else (see The Happening).  And it just gets annoying in this film, even when she is supposed to be sad and angry and Carrey’s character, she just seems lethargic.

Like I have already said, you could have had Spielberg direct this film, but because the story was so bland and sappy, it wouldn’t have made any difference.  But when it comes down to it, Peyton Reed is known for this type of romantic schlock which generally does fairly well in theaters, so I guess, more power to him.  Visually this film is meh, it is what you expect from a romcom.  The scoring of this film is fine, but again, what you expect from a romcom with Zooey Deschanel in it.

This is a film that I strongly recommend skipping.  There are many decent romantic comedies out there, but this isn’t one of them.  It is boring, overdone, and predictable in every sense.  Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel aren’t worth seeing in this film, and there is no real redeeming factor.  That isn’t to say that people won’t enjoy it, but unless you live for romantic comedies, skip this one, because it offers nothing new.

Entertainment Grade: C-

Critical Grade: D

Overall Grade: D+

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