Reviewed by: The Film Snob
Synopsis: Carl (Jim Carrey) lives a solitary life, declining every invitation that comes his way. When he is encouraged to change his ways, Carl begins to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes his way. This new found vocabulary word opens up a new world to Carl and a great many adventures.
Review: This film is not without its moments. Jim Carrey gets back to being his comedic self and nobody–I mean nobody–is better at playing the off-beat character than Zooey Deschanel. She’s come a long way since Almost Famous–and here’s a quick fact, her dad is an Academy Award winning cinematographer–we here at The Net Flicker love cinematography! Maybe we can set up a guest blog for Mr. Deschanel–he can tell us everything he knows about his art–although, chances are we still won’t really know what he does for a living.
Getting back to the review–again, the movie had its moments. As with most comedic movies with far-fetched plots, things are at their funniest when things are going smoothly. Hence, Yes Man delivers a solid comedic punch when Carl is experiencing the time of his life saying “yes” to every opportunity that comes his way. However, what comes up must come down in the 2 bit comedy world. As Carl starts to question his life altering methodology the laughs come to a sudden halt. The entire second half of the film is a waste, it’s a bore–in fact, I would go so far as to call it a tragedy–it had all the makings of a solid comedy–and then it just tanked. I went from a jovial movie goer to someone who couldn’t wait to find the nearest exit–this was in a matter of about 15 minutes.
On the upside, Rhys Darby turns in a surprisingly good performance as Norman, who plays a role that I can only describe as being similar to a 12-year old Michael Scott–rather, a 12-year old British Michael Scott–or was it Australian? Tough to say, but a good performance nonetheless.
Recommendation: A nice DVD rental for a few good laughs; don’t expect anything more.