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Yes Man

Released

Latest Home Video

Apr 07, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

104

Cast

Jim Carrey

Zooey Deschanel

Studio

2008 Warner Brothers Pictures

Still shot from the movie: Yes Man.

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OverallC
ViolenceB-
SexC+
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time104

Making the Grades

About a year ago I finally found the nerve to sign up for my first semester of Spanish classes at a local college. Being back on campus was a bit scary but attending with students the same age as my children was really intimidating. Yet saying “yes” to that lifelong goal has been more rewarding than I ever imagined.

Like Carl Allen (Jim Carrey), the main character in Yes Man, it is often easier to decline an opportunity than take a chance on the unknown. The fear of failure or commitment can be overwhelming. But Carl’s thoughtless refusals are making him a pathetic, lonely human being and leaving him lost in a dead end job. The reality of his situation sets in when he fails to show up for his best friend’s (Bradley Cooper) engagement party.

Not long after the missed event, Carl is invited to a Say Yes convention. At the revival-type gathering, he is publicly challenged by the movement’s guru (Terence Stamp) to a year-long covenant to agree to all offers. Fearing the wrath of the universe if he breaks his promise, Carl begins to consent to every invitation he gets. Within days, he is taking flying lessons, going to all night parties and learning a new language.

His willingness to concur opens up all kinds of unforeseen opportunities, promotions, and an introduction to a local musician. Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a free-spirited artist, is attracted by Carl’s will-do attitude. But their relationship hits a bump when she discovers his positive responses are all part of a contract.

Unfortunately, Carl says “yes” to offers as blindly as he declined them before. Though his life is richly enhanced by his new approach to living, his lack of discernment and anxiety about messing with fate leads him to engage in some dangerous and offensive activities including drinking excessively and accepting sexual favors from an elderly neighbor. Equally distasteful is the scripts frequent use of profanities and a sexual expletive, along with a hearty dose of crass, sexual innuendo and brief male buttock nudity. Giving up his agency to choose, Carl also becomes the target of individuals who take advantage of his ridiculous pledge.

Opening oneself to new ideas and requests is good. But accepting them without employing the good sense to weigh his options and answer honestly threatens to jeopardize all the benefits of Carl’s new lifestyle. While no one likes a perpetual stick-in-the-mud, parents will soon discover that this incessant Yes Man introduces a whole list of judgment-impaired scenarios and concerns for family viewers.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Yes Man.

How does Carl’s negative attitude impact those around him? How does it affect the way others perceive him and his abilities?

What challenge or opportunity would you like to pursue? What is holding you back? What benefits would saying “yes” to your desire bring?

 

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Sexually Suggestive Scenes, Coarse Language.
AB 14A
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children. Language May Offend.
ON PG Not Recommended for Children, Sexual Content, Language May Offend.
QC G Not recommend for young children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

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Details on home video releases of Yes Man...

Release Date: 7 April 2009

Yes Man releases to home video as a single disc DVD, in full frame or widescreen.

Yes Man also releases on Blu-ray (in widescreen) with the following extra materials:

- Additional Footage

- Gag Reel

-Featurettes: Down Time on the Set of Yes Man, Jim Carey: Extreme Yes Man, On Set with Danny Wallace: The Original Yes Man, Future Sounds: Munchausen by Proxy Ep.#TK421, Exclusive Munchausen by Proxy Music Videos, Yes Loans! Infomercial, Say Yes to Red Bull! As Only Carrey Can and Yes Man: Party Central with Norman Stokes.

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Daryl says: Jun. 18, 2009

Watch out parents for this movie and the very wide spectrum of the PG-13 rating in general.  I took my daughter to this, and was shocked and embarrassed by the oral sex scene! An old woman removes her teeth and moves toward’s the main character’s genitals. She is then out of view of the camera but his very explicit reaction is not!  This was like watching an American Pie movie, and had no place in a PG-13.

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