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Yes Man (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 19 December 2008 (USA)
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A man challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year.

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Peyton Reed

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Nicholas Stoller (screenplay), Jarrad Paul (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Carl
Zooey Deschanel ... Allison
Bradley Cooper ... Peter
John Michael Higgins ... Nick
Rhys Darby ... Norman
Danny Masterson ... Rooney
Fionnula Flanagan ... Tillie
Terence Stamp ... Terrence
Sasha Alexander ... Lucy
Molly Sims ... Stephanie
Brent Briscoe ... Homeless Guy
Rocky Carroll ... Wes
John Cothran ... Tweed
Spencer Garrett ... Multack
Sean O'Bryan ... Ted
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Storyline

Carl Allen is at a standstill. No future... Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of "Yes", and sees his professional and romantic life turned upside down overnight: an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend. But he'll soon discover that better can be good's enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn't be taken. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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The era of yes has begun. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,262,471, 21 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$97,690,976, 2 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$228,990,976, 5 April 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Norman (Rhys Darby) is trying to be friendly, he tells Carl (Jim Carrey) to take this "to the next level". He also calls him "broseph", and remarks that it's a combination of "bro" and "Joseph". This is a reference made to a popular YouTube video by Balloon Shop titled "Take It To The Next Level" where the protagonists say "yeah" and "yes" twenty-three times. See more »

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When Carl is filling up the gas container, the read out on the gas pump shows that he filled more than 5 gallons when in reality he does not have a 5 gallon container. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carl Allen: [refusing incoming cell phone call] No.
Carl Allen: [refusing another incoming call] No means no.
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Shortly after the credits begin, there is a short scene in which Carl and Allison ride down a mountain road on body skates. See more »

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References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

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Yes Man
Written by Becky Kupersmith, Jillian Iva Meador, Kelly Harris
Produced by Jonathan Karp
Performed by Von Iva and Zooey Deschanel
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Worthy of a good laugh or two
15 January 2009 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

Meet Carl. Carl leads a life on his own. Somewhat miserable because he's always stuck with himself. Carl denies himself all the pleasures of life because he's unable to accept them. With each and every new opportunity arising he turns it down with a firm NO. Luckily for Carl he has a friend, a friend that pulls him along to a seminar where Carl is introduced to the power of Yes. Converted by the power of Yes Carl is now ready to accept life's challenges and chances, saying Yes to every single one of them.

And so the film starts running and shooting gags concerning each of the accepted chances and the very most of them work out pretty well. Carrey is on a roll playing the plagued Carl that has to swallow down quite a few odd things during his days of the all-accepter. The pace of the film comes to its final speed when Carl runs into Allison though, who I guess can be considered his final and most challenging opportunity. It works out flawlessly - Deschanel plays her brilliantly and the two characters together work out more than well enough.

The story line plays by rather predictable, but that's fine. It's no big mystery of life that is being challenged here after all. And when the film finally comes to its end all it can do is leave a smile on the face of the audience - time to say Yes and accept that life can be a swell place after all.

7 out of 10 opportunities taken


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