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3.0 out of 5 stars I Wish It Had Said Yes to More Laughs, 7 April 2009
This review is from: Yes Man [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
When Carl's (Jim Carrey) marriage fell apart, so did his life. Even though it's been two years, he still can't move on. So he sits at home and avoids his friends. Not that Peter (Bradley Cooper) and Rooney (Danny Masterson) let him drop out of life completely. Carl works at a bank where he denies every loan that comes across his desk.

Things changes dramatically when he decides to attend a conference run by Terrence Bundley (Terrence Stamp). Singled out of the crowd, Carl is put on the spot and agrees to a new contract with himself, to say "Yes" to everything that comes his way.

And almost immediately it begins working for him as he meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel). The two begin a romance very quickly. But can Carl continue his winning streak by saying "Yes" to everything?

This is the part where I condemn the movie with faint praise.

Billed as a comedy, there were several laugh out loud moments. Emphasis on the several. I was ready to laugh hard at the entire movie, and that just didn't happen.

On the whole, the movie is pretty predictable. That was one reason I didn't find it as funny as I expected to. I saw most of the jokes coming long before the punch line. Likewise, all but a couple of the plot points were overly familiar.

On the other hand, I found the story enjoyable. I identified with Carl a little too much, so I was rooting for him to get out of his rut and enjoy life again. Heck, it even made me rethink how I am living my life. Pretty head stuff from a comedy. And the great acting from everyone in the cast made it easy to like the characters.

Since the movie is rated PG-13, I expected the language and sexual nature of some of the jokes. But there were a couple in particular that I found out of line and squirm inducing.

So the problem with the movie really comes down to the writing. I really do think there was promise in the premise for some genuine comedy, but it never developed into what it could have been. This is a definite rent before you buy.
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