Yes Man

December 17th, 2008


Yes Man

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

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.9/10 (112,596 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Peyton Reed

Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper

Carl Allen is at a standstill. No future... Until the day he enrolls into a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! Carl discovers with amazement the magical power of "Yes", and sees his professional and romantic life turned upside down overnight: an unexpected promotion and a new girlfriend. But he'll soon discover that better can be good's enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn't be taken.

Writers: Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul

Jim Carrey - Carl
Zooey Deschanel - Allison
Bradley Cooper - Peter
John Michael Higgins - Nick
Rhys Darby - Norman
Danny Masterson - Rooney
Fionnula Flanagan - Tillie
Terence Stamp - Terrence
Sasha Alexander - Lucy
Molly Sims - Stephanie
Brent Briscoe - Homeless Guy
Rocky Carroll - Wes
John Cothran Jr. - Tweed (as John Cothran)
Spencer Garrett - Multack
Sean O'Bryan - Ted

Taglines: The era of yes has begun.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Warner Bros. [France] |

Release Date: 17 December 2008

Filming Locations: 5928 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,262,471 (USA) (21 December 2008) (3434 Screens)

Gross: $228,990,976 (Worldwide) (5 April 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Bradley Cooper and Zooey Deschanel previously worked together on Failure to Launch.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Carl is singing the song "Jumper" to the man on the ledge, he sings it incorrectly. He sings "And if you never want to see me again, I would understand." The actual lyric is "And if you do not want to see me again, I would understand."

[first lines]
Carl Allen: [refusing incoming cell phone call] No.
Carl Allen: [refusing another incoming call] No means no.

User Review


Rating: 7/10

Being lucky, I already saw "Yes Man" and was pleasantly surprised. Jim Carrey is not really my all time favorite (despite his comic talent and acting skills), but in this movie he seems to have hit the spot.

The story itself is really simple: Carl (Jim Carrey), a very negative man, goes to a meeting among the very positive Yes people, whose charismatic leader (Terence Stamp) preaches that one should say Yes to all questions and agree with all propositions. Carl is reluctantly convinced to try it out, and after meeting a girl on a scooter (the ever so lovely Zooey Deschanel) all sorts of things start happening around him. But being 100% positive might be tricky sometimes...

It is all very silly, of course - but this feel-good comedy has a small undertone of seriousness as well. And it has a great cast, many delightful scenes, a reasonably relaxed Jim Carrey and a lighthearted style. Y/N? I say Y.


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