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The Yes Men [2004] [DVD]

Chris Smith , Sarah Price    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Chris Smith, Sarah Price
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P8L3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,492 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Satirical documentary featuring the 'Yes Men', anti-globalisation activists who pretended to represent the World Trade Organisation and right-wing political bodies on television news programmes and at conferences around the world, spreading misinformation to highlight the iniquities of untrammelled capitalism and the effects the WTO's policies can have on poorer countries. Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno found audiences eager to embrace borderline fascist proposals such as administering electric shocks to recalcitrant employees, if they thought these proposals were coming from a respected and influential body such as the WTO, and this documentary follows them around the world as they unleash their satirical pranks, including their claims to represent George W. Bush's re-election campaign.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dose of reality 3 Jun 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It isn't about whether this video is well made. It's what the video's about that matters. It gives a dose of the hysterically funny and, when you ponder on it, terribly frightening, reality in this increasingly corporate-controlled world that manages to create the world of 1984, where 2+2=5.

Picture a couple of clever young men giving a demonstration of a "survival suit" for the disasters of global warming to a bunch of corporate middle-level managers. The suit is an inflatable ball that turns the wearer into a giant silver thingie with stuff stuck all over it and no part of the wearer showing but a face. Now, picture the audience sucking it up, taking the entire thing seriously.

Picture the same young men showing another corporate group of elites an inflatable suit that gives the wearer a giant, head-height male-part-of-body [Amazon won't allow the correct anatomical word], while the onlookers accept the entire thing as plausible and for their benefit.

This is the reality shown by The Yes Men. If you're aware of how insane the corporate world (and everything it touches) has become, then this video is hysterically funny. If you aren't aware of just how off-center things have become, then you MUST watch so you can see how utterly in-their-own-world corporations and their minions have become.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, confronting, entertaining satire. 3 April 2006
Format:DVD
This is an incredibly funny satire on globilization and the business world in general. "The Yes Men" imitate spokespeople for the WTO and attend meeting and give lectures to actual business meetings. It is quite unbelievable what they get away with saying, and the enthusiam with which their extremely "un PC" comments are met. I can't recommend it highly enough- just see it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Changing the world one prank at a time" 15 Oct 2006
Format:DVD
"The Yes men" is an interesting documentary that tells us about the activities of some young men that took upon themselves an interesting task: identity correction. Does that sound strange? Well, as a matter of fact it is strange, but it is also very interesting.

This story is somewhat weird, but at the same time pretty straightforward. Andy and Mike are anti-globalization protestors that thought that the World Trade Organization was doing terrible things, but making public statements that were completely different to its actions. As a result, they decide to steal the WTO's identity, in order to give it a true face.

Andy and Mike set up a website with a very similar address to the website of the World Trade Organization, and their website is in fact mistaken for the WTO official website by many. That is the reason why Andy and Mike end up being invited to conferences all over the world, and giving lectures too weird to be real, but based on reality.

All in all, I think that this is a documentary you will like. It is funny and not overly serious, but makes you think. Not to be missed!

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Yes Men 1 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
Brilliantly witty with a touch of take the bulls by the horn. These guys have no qualms about finding themselves in "squirm when you watch it" situations and are masterminds behind their ability to let the world see what money hungry corporations get up to. I really wish more of us were able to follow in their footsteps and I hope that they keep publishing their work for a long, long time as I will watch everything they do. Converted fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, funny? For children and stoners only. 25 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
I really felt conned when i bought this, before writing this review i read the reviews others had left and almost wanted to watch it again till how i remembered how uninformative and childish it was. I quite liked mocking WTO business types and appreciate what they were trying to do, though it seemed at times the WTO types were just humouring a couple of weirdeos. Was expecting a razor sharp humorous attack on the business drones all i got was stupid college pranks.
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