Yes Man (2008) - Comedy, Romance

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A man challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 68 out of 279 found boring (24.37%)

One-line Reviews (213)

He is supported by an eclectic cast, including the stunning Zooey Deschanel, the delightful Kiwi stand-up Rhys Darby, Bradley Cooper, Danny Masterson (Hyde from 'That 70s Show') and Terence Stamp.

This is an enjoyable film, thanks to the splendid cast.

Interesting and substantial characters, linear but fun and entertaining plot, some very well thought out scenes the -singing on the ledge scene- stands out for me and great chemistry between the love duo.

I love Jim Carrey's films for a long time and they are always raise my mood in any situation, it's like a medicine for depression and boredom that always helps.

Based on the non-fiction book by British TV presenter and journalist Danny Wallace (who I have seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats), this film has an intriguing concept.

I enjoyed it as it was on last night and parts of it was funny but it was a bit boring as it wasn't Jim Carrey's best.

Yes Man is the perfect antidote, then: a typical Carrey comedy, where the gags abound and the soul department is a little empty.

Good, entertaining movie.

This movie runs through its rom-com paces, but each new scene, while a bit predictable, was nonetheless a pleasure.

It was also very predictable.

But other than that Carrey's character is saying yes to more mundane things.

Confusing, watch the movie, if you like Jim Carrey, for sure not a disappointment!

was a total waste in this movie, and her monotone voice is getting old.

from the Griffith Observatory's recently completed balcony platform; the Hollywood Bowl dome and amphitheater; the easy mixture with Asian cultures; the small-time alternative rock band with its small local following; the woman with the celebrity cake business; even Carl's (Jim Carrey's) apartment layout with its bland interior courtyard concrete walkway.

The movie was very contrived, lacked originality, and did not know how far to go with the comedy.

That said though, the concept about what would happen if you answered every question with the answer yes is very intriguing, and the script is good.

there was no real character building, i didn't connect or relate to any of the characters (in fact i cant even remember them) forgettable performances, overall borderline boring!!!

Entertaining and an Encouraging Message .

Definitely a worth watching, its was great...

The premise of this film is intriguing and I loved watching it.

Yes Man lazy, predictable and somewhat dull.

I had trouble staying awake while watching.

The supporting cast are admirably adequate, Zooey Dechanel lively if somewhat bland, and Bradley Cooper and Danny Masterton as the obligatory best friends fit the stereotype they are called upon to play.

It develops well and doesn't reuse the same joke too much, it keeps inventive and because of it, very funny and entertaining.

And killing a cow with a bazooka - very exciting, indeed...

It's okay, but what really bothered me about the movie was the slow poor pacing at times, mostly near the end of the movie.

The movie is disjointed, characters lifeless, and the plot written merely to accommodate a feeble joke or two.

From there it's a pretty formulaic romantic comedy.

This movie is slow in it's tracks, with Jim Carry acting as if he forgets he's in a comedy.

Enjoyable Simple Comedy .

Carls life is a dull and loveless existence, he works as a loan officer, has been turned down for many opportunity's.


Save your money, hire another flick.

For every single comedy in the past few years with that structure, I've gotten so bored by the time it's over because I just lose interest when the drama comes in during the third act.

Surprisingly it is pretty entertaining and the terrible clichés start ruining it only towards the end.

He plays Carl Allen, a lonely, sad-sack whose been avoiding his two best friends (Bradley Cooper, Danny Masterson) and refusing to go out at all since his wife dumped his boring, say-no-to-everything-ass.

There's also quite a large (and somewhat cringe-inducing) age gap between its two stars and a generally 'old-fashioned' feel to much of the proceedings, even if the end result is ultimately an enjoyable one.

There were quite a lot of boring scenes that I did not really understand, leaving me thinking, "Why was that put in there?

As a result, Yes Man can be slow moving… I mean, extremely slow moving.

Its being shifty and/or indecisive that leads to confusion and disharmony.

His friends bore him.

As a mind numbing comedy this is fairly enjoyable.

The movie was truly enjoyable overall, and you do feel sorry for his character toward the end when he has a falling-out with the leading lady (though not so sorry that you actually want to cry yourself).

The story idea, about a man saying yes to anything, is amusing and well told but at the same time it's very predictable.

Be sure to say to the credits, as there is one additional stunt scene that is quite exciting.

A funny, light and enjoyable comedy .

Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man whose boring job and divorce have him in a rut so bad that he would rather make excuses and be left alone than do anything.

In summary "Yes Man" is enjoyable and funny comedy.

Carl is eventually dragged along to a 'Say Yes!


To drag us through that kind of frustration is unforgivable in itself, but to conclude it with an ending both contrived, implausible and lacking in any decent sense is a right kick in the teeth.

I think the author Danny Wallace said yes to every inane and stupid suggestion Hollywood made The original book has been raped and degenerated to one and a half hours of boring boringness.

The contrived screenplay by "Fun with Dick & Jane" scribe Nicholas Stoller as well as newcomers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogol, however, runs out of comic momentum about 45 minutes and becomes hopelessly predictable.

Therefore, it is really worth watching.

Aside from being funny, this film has also an unexpected twist.

There chemistry is spot on and just right for the film, providing an engaging relationship.

Of course it's okay for a comedy to have some serious elements, and there are a lot of very good drama-comedies out there, but in this one I think it got a little uninteresting at times.

I was actually dragged along to it by a friend of mine after he scored some free tickets.

On the contrary, a yawn to Yes Man.

Every aspect of the plot was predictable.

Yes the message was positive, but predictable.

All in all, the movie has only about two laughs and the rest is just boring and dull.

The jokes range from predictable (Carl replying to spam messages) to somewhat original (Carl learning Korean) to quite outlandish (Carl preventing a man from committing suicide in a most unusual way; Wallace has pointed out this never happened to him, by the way).

Funny and entertaining feel good movie .

It's boringly typical that people are upset that an old woman is horny; if it had been an old man, it would have been cliché or ignored.

Carrey has consistently made me laugh over the years, but I'm sorry to say, through the whole movie he just looked bored.

It's formulaic, predictable and light-hearted.

He has a boring job, stalled in a bureaucratic position in the loan department of a bank; and he spends his spare time watching DVDs.

It's like a medicine for depression and boredom.

I have always loved Jim Carrey's movies and a good laugh was guaranteed but this movie was so contrived that it was embarrassing.

"Here you go, viewers: after 100 minutes of 5 funny gags, 500 misfired ones, and several tedious "romantic" I-love-you scenes, we present to you a nice little action scene to wake you up - or put you into even deeper slumber.

Far too formulaic for my taste.

The movie was original or a better word for it would be unpredictable, where humour appears in the most unexpected way.

In Yes Man the amount of facial acrobatics is reduced to a few stupid expressions and it concentrates more on the normal romantic comedy stuff, like say being really predictable.

"Yes Man" is an entertaining comedy movie in which we watch a man challenges himself to say yes to everything for an entire year after he enrolls to a congress which proposes all the people to say yes to everything.

As mentioned above, the film was very predictable, and formulated at that.

An absolute borefest of a movie .

For every single comedy in the past few years with that structure, I've gotten so bored by the time it's over because I just lose interest when the drama comes in during the third act.

This film is predictable, naive and - what is the worst of his many flaws - not funny at all.

it has a fun point to make and it's entertaining.

While 'Yes Man' may not have the long-lasting appeal of 'Liar Liar' (when Carrey was at his peak), it's still a funny and enjoyable comedy, with glimpses of Carrey at his best, and well worth a look.

Only in one of his final scenes, at his 300 party, does Norm actually feel like a real character, which is a fantastic, unexpected, and pleasing surprise.

Easily the worst movie of 2008 .

And i was extremely tempted to leave the theater when Carey was hanging after bungee jumping and he answered his cell phone, "Oh nothing just hanging here", if it wasn't for the people who had their legs up on the seats i would have left the movie right then and there.

The story features Carl Allen (Carrey), a dull man who got stuck in a dull life.

The idea of him saying yes to everything is funny for awhile but starts to get a bit tiring,Carrey strong and energetic personality definitely keeps what should be a very mediocre comedy much more enjoyable.

In conclusion, Yes Man is a very entertaining and enjoyable movie that will produce you a smile at the end.

As a direct result, it gets so bored and desperate to wrap everything up that it finishes by resolving the ending only halfheartedly.

Pretty entertaining movie that also has a good message.

What follows are some seriously comic, madcap and unpredictable moments as our hero forms new friendships and falls in love with the wonderfully kooky Alison (Zooey Deschanel).

I don't know why I thought that, despite starring Jim Carrey who is quite likable anyway and an intriguing concept, part of my brain was telling me it wasn't going to be good.

It's an OK and fun film, a formulaic Carrey vehicle and fine for a laugh and to rent and enjoy and then forget.

He gets an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend (Zooey Deschanel).

Liven it up, or just pigeonhole your career into the bored character that comes up with short and snappy lines (Big Trouble).

Anyway, this movie inspired me a lot, and I probably will say more "YES" in live for events with theme I'm not familiar with, with meeting and knowing people from different walk of lives, and trying out new exciting, not common things.

The story has every comedy cliché in the book.

Formulaic but enjoyable enough .

Carl bored and reckless.

He takes the literal use of the word "Yes" and mixes it with lots of comedy and some romance and the outcome is a movie that's both simple and entertaining.

While much of this is predictable, there are time when the story runs off in unexpected directions, and there are a number of moments when earlier apparently inconsequential plot points pleasingly pay off later on.

Interestine plot but so boring .

Jim Carrey's latest vehicle resembles a re-tread of Liar Liar - Carl Allen is an overwhelmingly negative man in a small scale job in a small scale bank: prevailed upon to attend a self-help seminar which induces him into entering a covenant to only say "Yes" when asked, he finds his life transformed when the "Yes" answers produce good, if unexpected, results, while "No" responses produce negatives.

Jim Carey is stuck in a boring bankjob.

Some reviews I read here are quick to forgive how "formulaic" this movie is...

The plot of the film is utterly formulaic and predictable.

While the plot was lacking and somewhat formulaic, it was fun to watch the best physical comedy talent of our generation doing what he does best for two hours.

With his cell phone dead and his car empty on gas, Carl ventures miles to a gas station where he meets free-spirited scooter girl Allison (Deschanel).

'Yes Man' is entertaining & innovative.

I personally found that films very funny and entertaining and Carrey could make his talent to explode at the maximum level.

The plot is somewhat predictable which is a little minus.

The movie was so predictable that i was able to call every plot twist dozens of minutes before they happened.

Not great, but enjoyable, and you won't feel like you wasted your time.

Of course Jim Carrey helped out a lot with his impromptu such as the "budgie jump phone conversation", and it made the movie that much more enjoyable.

The whole thing is basically a formulaic Carrey vehicle.

Although the movie certainly does have its flaws, and it is not anything new, it is an enjoyable comedy you should definitely see.

But this one was a lame moronic and simply monotonous one with repetitive and predictable jokes.

Pointless action scenes are easy to write, and don't require any gags.

I would recommend "Yes Man" for almost anyone who is not looking for anything "groundbreaking" from a Carrey flick, but who is in the need of a cheap laugh and a fun little detach from the boring reality.

Yes it is clichéd, and yes it doesn't stray from the tried and true comedy film formula, but it is a very enjoyable film.

The movie was well thought, well executed, and the humor was smart, snappy, and so far from the usual toilet humor of Jim Carrey.

Was fun to watch and I really enjoyed it.

His serious roles just don't suit him at all as without his over the top charm,his just a boring dull guy.

Basically, a mundane and uninterested Carl(Jim) meets a zest filled development program and promised himself to say 'YES' to every opportunity that approaches him.

Only once did I feel I was into another formulaic trap.

As it turns out, our pitiful protagonist lost his wife, Stephanie (Molly Sims of "Starsky & Hutch"), after six months of marriage because she felt Carl was too dull for her own good.

This was possibly the worst movie I've seen all year, there couldn't have possibly been a worst line of actors, Jim Carey has got to be at least in his forties and he picked a less-than-great actress who just happened to be in her twenties for a make out scene.

The movie is incredibly boring, true waste of time.

Unfortunately, every time I was laughing, or enjoying myself, it took a dive, whether a very slow-moving scene or an unoriginal idea or just into predictable territory.

In this, Carrey played Carl Allen, a loan officer at a bank who leads a pretty empty, lonely and unproductive life.

Jim Carrey is as boring as boringness.

It has a great soundtrack, it's entertaining and never gets boring, it's moving, and it inspires you to get out and enjoy the world.

Regular Entertaining Comedy .

Yes, it's predictable (extremely.

The banker Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is a lonely man with low self-esteem after his divorce with Stephanie (Molly Sims), for whom he still yearns; he avoids his best friend Peter (Bradley Cooper); he has a boring job, stalled in a bureaucratic position in the loan department of a bank; and he spends his spare time watching DVDs.

Be prepared for every romantic comedy cliché.

Buoyed by some good reviews, stirred by extensive press coverage, bored by the Xmas holidays, I looked forward to the return to form of the truly funny Carey.

This involves Carrey engaging in a set of hilarious set ups ranging from bungee jumping to learning the guitar.

How on earth can a film sustain such a flimsy and empty plot for 100 minutes?

The cute Zooey Deschanel shows a great chemistry with him and the result is an entertaining movie with a good message in the end.

Don't get me wrong, because it has a lot of funny moments which makes it worth watching.

And the fun gets repetitive and ever more tired...

Excusing 2003's fairly enjoyable "Bruce Almighty", Carrey hasn't had much recent success with the genre that he once dominated ("Fun with Dick and Jane", anyone?

Enjoyable Carrey comedy after ages .

Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel played their parts well making an enjoyable watch.

generic but enjoyable Carrey vehicle .

He starts out a boring shut-in sadsack who makes a covenant at a Yes Man!

Lightweight, but entertaining.

If I wanted to see something predictable I would have just stayed home and watched TV.

Enjoyable one.

Basically, a mundane and uninterested Carl(Jim) meets a zest filled development program and promised himself to say 'YES' to every opportunity that approaches him.

And suddenly his boring life is turned into a wild and wacky ride, and fate seems there to reward him.

I sometimes find Carrey's madcap antics annoying, but because he keeps them in check in this film, I found him more enjoyable than usual.

In fact its quote enjoyable.

I saw it with Natalie and Miranda (both 20) and they both enjoyed it as much as I did.

Solace may also be found in an excruciatingly lengthy fight scene between a 'drunk' Carrey (hello silly voice/funny face combination) and a muscle-bound cliché.

This was just a lot more funnier, a lot more entertaining than I expected.

The YES mantra leads to sequences of totally improbable, but still very boring situations.

Rich man's Katy Perry Zooey Deschanel is also really good in this movie, because at least she manages to rise above being the lame, bland love interest you usually have to put up with in this sort of movie.

Women, get those handkerchiefs out, for the romantic comedy's obligatory dull she-loves-me-after-all ending requires of you to be moved emotionally.

It bored me most of the way through.

I must have been in the right mood, because I really enjoyed it.

The premise of a man saying yes to everything is an interesting one, and it tells a good moral story about why people should always keep an open mind, but the most intriguing part of the premise is the fact that this is a real life story written by comedian Danny Wallace (who makes a cameo appearance in the bar towards the end) after he was did the 'Yes Man' for six months in real life.

The plot is entertaining.

It was entertaining though, and it made me think about how much I say "no" to things in life just because I'm scared to try something new - and that impressed me.

Yet despite the pacing issues, and a lack of drama or conflict that feels natural or warranted, there nevertheless remains an enjoyable, heart-warming core to Yes Man's story that is very hard to refute.

I thought they should have just nixed the Bradley Cooper character because he is so stodgy and stuck with the other two.

An inspiring and entertaining movie from start to finish .

I wouldn't be surprised to see this movie on 2008's "Worst movies of the year".

Zooey Deschanel's anger at Carl's "yes-ism" seemed contrived.

It's a tiresome start with a tiresome character.

But I still said yes to Yes Man because it's funny and it's pretty entertaining.

Confusion and some hilarious moments are set in a film that must not be taken so seriously.

Carl Allen is a guy whose life is going nowhere—the operative word being "no"—until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: say yes to everything...

Yes, this is confusing, so let me explain.

still dull.

Along with other boring scenarios.

That as wack The story is somewhat predictable.

Alan Arkin is horny in "Little Miss Sunshine" and that's OK but old Tillie is a little bored and randy and it's inappropriate.

Jim Carrey is up to his usual comedic shtick in this lazy, predictable and somewhat dull comedy.

Overall, flawed, but intriguing and surprisingly likable.

Yet, despite some predictable plot points, Peyton Reed's movie depicts in an enjoyable way the exhilaration of saying 'yes'.

Starts out well until becoming routine and predictable.

Carrey's comedic talent is suited to the story-line and it cheered me immensely after going through an intense period in my life.

Plot is predictable all the way throughout, even cornier than I expected...

You may take comfort in seeing a 78 year old woman remove her dentures moments before engaging in oral sex with Carrey, which is possibly the highlight of his career after anything else he's ever done, including the Cable Guy.

Before watching this movie, I thought that it was going to be real funny and very entertaining.

As far as comedy or romance goes, Yes Man is by no means perfect either; in fact both elements are lukewarm for a large part of the feature, but as a character-drama, the feature remains compelling to watch unfold.

I just fell asleep.

"Yes Man" is still extremely formulaic when viewed alongside recent comedies, but if you can just say "yes," and not dismiss it too early on, you'll be surprised by how fresh and entertaining this film can be.

For a lot of the movie, it's down-right hilarious and had scenes that can teach "loving life," but for most of the movie, it's so boring, expected and clichéd.

Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing and unexpected ways, getting him promoted at work and opening the door to a new romance.

I'm bored out of my skull with these same old half-assed movies being made where you know the story ending within 5 minutes of the opening credits.

This is story of Carl who has been living in boredom.

The movie offers a good point, if you don't feel like going back to your old life, try a new and exciting life.

I really enjoyed it and so did the rest of the audience too...

I enjoyed it.

The story is funny and enjoyable, although it is the rather old film.

Although "Yes Man" doesn't give us anything new or special by storyline, it is still entertaining and for me at least fun/funny as hell.

The movie is unfortunately predictable (like most Jim Carey flicks) but very enjoyable with a hard-to-ignore message about how people should live their lives.

Carl learns guitar, takes flying course, attends Korean lessons, and meets an Iranian girl, the way all of his new lessons converge to an unpredictable and hilarious gag, is one of the film's highlight.

And there are some definite dull patches when the comic ideas seem to be withering on the vine.

The story is somewhat formulaic and predictable.

The story is safely predictable and although Carrey carries the movie, he gets help from a strong supporting cast.

More of a "yeah" instead of a definitive YES, but, thanks to Carrey and the other fine cast members, it is still enjoyable .

Totally unexpected addition to a scene.

Surprisingly boring movie .

This was the last one that was truly funny and had a great plot to make it an entertaining movie.

Yes Man encourages couples to be spontaneous and free spirited, which is good because it seems people are so convinced that once you enter a serious relationship that you have to enter a dull routine.

Don't waste your money on this, watch something else.

We've just re-watched this movie after 9 years but still laughed out loud & enjoyed it so much like the first time.

I enjoyed it very much, and even though a star like Jim Carrey brings a lot of expectations with him, both he and the movie exceeded them.

It is totally linear and boring, practically no twists, it's predictable from the start to the end.

The acting was believable, good but not great, and entertaining 'til the end.