In 'Yes Man', Jim Carrey stars as a bank worker who is in need of a spiritual and motivational revival. The answer comes along in the form of a guru, brilliantly portrayed by Terence Stamp, who teaches his followers simply to believe in the power of saying 'Yes' to life. The trials and challenges subsequently endured by Carrey's character are akin to those of Bill Murray's in 'Groundhog Day'. However, while Murray's film stands as a likeable classic, I thought I'd dislike 'Yes Man' and end up as a 'No Man', or a 'Maybe'. I did find the initial scenes a bit awkward. Jim Carrey is a very funny comedic actor, with a background as a stand-up comedian, but the comedic approach used here at the beginning didn't work. Thankfully, the clunkiness soon gave way to a more meaningful, absurdist film that makes good use of the other, more subtle, side of Carrey's talent: his ability to be light-hearted but with a sense of seriousness. The material is neither deep nor blessed with profundity, but this film is fun to watch as Carrey gets into his stride and we see his character over-compensate for his past coldness by applying the guru's message in some pretty extreme ways. And the central message is true. Life isn't about 'maybe'. Life is about 'Yes'. Not quite a cure for ennui, this is just old-fashioned, harmless entertainment - but I enjoyed it, Yes.
The DVD has some good featurettes, including songs by what appears to be a fictitious band fronted by Zooey Deschanel's character.