Yes Man (2008) - 2-Disc Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 104 minutes - $34.99 || April 7, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-04-07


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peyton Reed
Writer(s): Danny Wallace (book); Nicholas Stoller and Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel (screenplay)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson, Sasha Alexander, Molly Sims


Theatrical Release Date: December 17, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Music Videos
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is your typical loan officer at the bank, minus the fact that he literally says no to everything. Well, I guess not that much different, but odds are you see where the story is going already. He lives a sad life, and as the story opens, he dodges a call from a friend of his. He keeps hitting ignore on the phone and tries acting like he didnít hear his phone ring the entire time. Carl heads to the video store to rent some films and while in line his phone rings yet again and he picks it up, only to see his newly engaged friend Peter (Bradley Cooper) standing outside. Carl tries acting like itís not him in the video store, but Peter doesnít buy it and forces him to go out to drinks.

Carl joins Peter and Rooney (Danny Masterson) for some liquor but hates the fact heís there. Peter announces the engagement to everyone and reminds him of the date to make sure he knows when it is. To make matters worse for him, he spots his ex-wife Stephanie (Molly Sims) sitting across the bar and she comes over with her new guy to show him off. Carl acts like heís been there for a while and tries to leave but ends up making himself look more like a fool on the way out. Itís typical Carrey humor this entire film, and for fans of that then rejoice. Everyone else, start groaning and shrugging now.

He heads to work the next morning to find out from his boss Norman (Rhys Darby) that he didnít get the promotion that he was trying for. Carl promptly ignores Norman the entire time he tries talking to him, and Norman doesnít really get the message and attempts to get Carl to hang out with him. Carl heads outside and is greeted by an old friend of his and the friend invites him to some sort of power meeting where his life can be changed. Before leaving, his new friend throws a rock through the window of his work and gets chased by the cops there and escapes unharmed.

Carl heads home for the next few nights watching some movies (including the greatest movie of all time, Saw) when Peter appears at his place and is ticked off he missed out on his party that he reminded him about at the start of the movie. Reluctantly and with nowhere else to turn too, he heads to the Yes Seminar hosted by Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp). Bundley spews the fact that if you say yes to everything, then your life will always be exciting and new opportunities will open up for you. He places a hex or charm or something along those lines on Carl, and says that he must say yes every time heís given the choice or else bad things will happen.

Leaving the seminar and still thinking Bundley is crazy, he tries to get in his car when heís accosted by a homeless man who asks for a ride. Carl reluctantly says yes, and drops the man off in the park. He is also forced to give him most of the money in his wallet, as the man asked for it. Much to his chagrin, his car runs out of gas and he is forced to walk a long distance to the gas station. But because of this, he meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel, who is incredibly hot) who drives a moped and offers him a lift. The two get back to Carlís car and kiss, and he hopes he sees her again.

The next day, Carl is awoken by Norman who asks him to come into work. You guessed it; he says yes to it and drives into work on a Saturday morning. He gets customers who come in asking for loans for rather odd businesses, but since he has to say yes to everything, he approves everyoneís loans that day. After returning home his neighbor Tillie (Fionnula Flanagan) asks him to help put up a shelf, and offers him payment. Not in terms of money, but otherÖ favors. By the way, Tillie is also an elderly woman well past the age of 80 for those who want a visual reference. Itís not a pretty scene, by any means. This is how the rest of the movie goes; he says yes to everything, and when he says no, bad things happen to him.

This movie is so contrived and predictable that itís almost funny, but fails. Carrey is his usual self in films, always trying to be hilarious even though the scene doesnít really call for it. Despite the great casting of the always attractive and phenomenal actress Zooey Deschanel, she canít save this movie. The jokes are continuously the same, and the ending is the usual predictable ďgoodĒ ending that movie audiences love to see. Well, I do like positive endings, but this one couldnít have come quicker.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Downtime on the Set (4 minutes): Carrey jokes around with cast and crew as the movie films in what is supposed to be funny but isnít. Thereís fairly little humor here, even with such a short runtime.

Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man (12 minutes): Carrey is also the focus of this special feature, which goes into the stunts he performed during the movie.

Future Sounds: Munchausen by Proxy (6 minutes): Ah, finally, the beautiful Deschanel gets her own special feature, as well as the rest of the band. This is sort of an in-depth look at the band from the movie.

Proxy Music Videos (14 minutes): The bandís music videos (one of which appeared in the film) while I donít think the other four were. Deschanelís band is actually pretty good and the music is catchy, so check it out. I might be a bit bias though... just a bit.

Gag Reel (6 minutes): The cast (mainly Carrey) flub lines and screw up their role in the film. Mildly entertaining and also slightly better than the flick itself.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

While the movie and special features are something to say no too, the video is a most definite and resounding yes in terms of quality. Colors are bright but not at any point was there an issue with them being over blown. Blacks were also perfect for most of the film, although a few of the night time scenes did have a problem here or there. The contrast was the main problem, as the previously mentioned scenes did harbor a decent amount of grain that was distracting at times. That is just one minor thing to note in an otherwise great looking movie.

Faring almost as well, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track helps the comedy out, but not to the levels Iíve come to expect. Surround use is active for some of the movie, but not nearly enough as though there are a bunch of scenes where surround usage should have been heard but wasnít. It is great to note though that I had no issues with dialogue levels, as they remained consistent throughout my viewing. I was surprised at this track, both in a good and bad way, but it gets the job done in the end.



.::OVERALL::.

I havenít found Carrey funny in at least five years, and the streak continues. There just isnít enough humor in this film to warrant even a rental, as the laughs canít be heard nor found. The only saving grace for this one is Zooey Deschanel, who yet again plays supporting role when she deserves better in her career. The special features are mostly Carrey based as well, which donít help much. The technical package is above average, but with everything else being sub-standard, this is one to say No, Man, to watching.