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Yes Man [DVD] [2008]
Yes Man [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Jim Carrey
Price: 2.75

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Man, 8 Jun 2009
This review is from: Yes Man [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
'Yes Man' is based on the real life story of a Brit called Danny Wallace. In the real story, Danny's life is turned upside down when a random bloke on a bus tells him that he should say yes more. Yes to life. Yes to opportunities etc. He starts saying yes to EVERYTHING- with absolutely hilarious results.

The film has tried to take that on, and it could have been great, but for one problem. They Americanised it. The thing that made the real story so funny wasn't so much what Danny was doing, but the fact that it was a British guy doing it. For a reserved Brit, it would have been a big deal and very weird to do what he was doing, but for an American? The whole 'Yes Man' thing was turned into something that lots of people were doing. It was just another fad, being led by a man who wanted to create a 'show', rather than change people's lives for the better. By setting it in American culture, it diluted the story and made it into just another one of those 'look-at-Jim-Carrey-being silly' films.

Overall, if you haven't read the book (or any of Danny Wallace's books), go and watch the film. It's a funny 2 hours-worth of entertainment. If you have read the book, avoid it unless you want the story to be spoilt.

Bedtime Stories [DVD] [2008]
Bedtime Stories [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Price: 3.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime Stories, 8 Jun 2009
This review is from: Bedtime Stories [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Bedtime stories provides a fantastic route to escapism. I love watching the 'real-life' interpretations of the children's stories (e.g. the gum balls falling from an up-ended truck, making it look like it was raining).

I'm not normally a fan of Adam Sandler, but I think he was brilliant in this. He didn't go over the top or too silly. My friend's 7 year old daughter loved the guinea pig- she squealed with delight whenever it appeared on screen! Russell Brand was perfect as the oddball friend-cum-dream-sidekick.

All in all a great family film, or one for twentysomethings wanting a little break from reality.

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