With nothing to do last night, I opened up my computer and watched Jim Carrey’s most recent flick, Yes Man.
During the time of its showing (December 2008), I actually planned to see it in its big screen adaptation however, I condescended not to. And I was glad with my decision because it would have been a waste of my money. Not to say that Yes Man is a bad film. It’s actually good, although not worth viewing on the big screen for my standards.
Anyway, Yes Man is about an ordinary loan officer named Carl Allen (Jim Carrey). That’s it—he has lives an ordinary (and boring life), spends lonely nights in his apartment watching DVDs, has a routine job, and is trying to get over a recent divorce. He possesses a negative outlook on life, as manifested by his constant “denied” decisions for client’s bank loans. Then one day, he meets up with a former acquaintance who swoons him to attend a self-improvement seminar. Said seminar encourages a person to say “Yes!” to every opportunity and question that comes along; doing otherwise curses the individual and brings dire instances to his life. Ruthless to say, he gets into the kick and says “Yes!” to everything. Through this program, he acquires useful skills, gets promoted, earns more friends, and meets possibly the girl of his dreams. But as always, everything has a limit—including saying “Yes!”
While watching, I felt like I was seeing a late 1990’s movie where the characters had the technological advances of today. Several scenes and music backtracked me through time. I don’t know—it may have been the production’s aim or not. Maybe it was because you could have seen this film back then and it would have more or less the same output. Maybe it was due to the fact that this film was based on a 2005 book of the same title by British humorist, Danny Wallace. Most books-turned-into-films flicks are set in a period within the past few or more years.
The most absurd element that I saw was the premise of saying “Yes!” to everything. Couldn’t Carl Allen get a grip on himself and think things out? I mean, you just don’t say “Yes!” to everything! What if someone asks you to kill yourself, would you do it? Do note that in the corporate world, a “yes man” is someone who agrees with his employer’s decisions. He carries out his employer’s every whim. To be blunt, he’s a slave.
Negativity aside, the movie had a great reserve for laughs. I always applaud Jim Carrey for being able to make his films successful comedies. In this one, he does the same antics and comes off brilliant. It also helped that the movie had a hilarious storyline of Carl’s friends, neighbors, and just about anyone in the movie. Despite mixed reviews from movie critics, the film went on to become one of Carrey’s most successful flicks. To date, the movie has gross revenue of $250,870,246 worldwide, including DVD sales.
Yes Man is a good movie to watch as there was never a dull moment in it. You may see it to inspire you at some point, or you could just see it to have a great laugh.