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PCR #456 (Vol. 9, No. 51) This edition is for the week of December 15--21, 2008.

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Movie Review
"Yes Man"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

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Warner Brothers     
Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel and Terrance Stamp
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 44 mins

Carl Allen (Carrey) leads a very simple life. 8 hours a day he works as a junior loan officer. The rest of the time he spends alone, not venturing out with his friends. Any request, from spare change to attendance at a party, is immediately met with one word, “NO!” But things are going to change.

A retread of much funnier films, “Yes Man” is another in a long string of comedies whose better scenes have come from better movies, most notably the previous Jim Carrey comedy, “Liar Liar.” In that film Carrey’s character had a habit of fudging the truth until a wish from his son prevented him from telling a lie. The story here has the negative spouting Carl attend a positive thinking seminar, the result being that he agrees to everything he’s asked. Soon he finds himself buying Scout cookies, welcoming testifying Mormons into his house and attending his English boss’ “Harry Potter” costume parties…in costume. Funny stuff. Sometimes.

It’s been three years since Jim Carrey starred in a true knock out comedy. Other than that he’s voiced an elephant and done a view more “serious” films. So it’s sad that his comedy return should come at the expense of his fans. It’s not that the film isn’t funny, it’s just that we’ve seen the funny parts already. Thankfully the cast doesn’t seem to notice the 2nd rate material they’ve been getting. Carrey proves himself to be one of the greatest visual comedians ever put on film, his body twisted into one uncomfortable shape or another. As the scooter riding musician Carl falls for, Deschanel also returns to a previous film, channeling her sweetness from her role in “Elf.” Supporting work by Luis Guzman, John Michael Higgins and Rhys Davis as Carl’s British, “Harry Potter” loving boss are very funny, and the scene where Carl shows up in costume for a “Potter” release party serves as a reminder that Warner Brothers had planned to release a new “Potter” film this year but didn’t. They did, however, decide to release an older Jim Carrey one.

On a scale of zero to four I give “Yes Man”  

This week's movie review of "Yes Man" is ©2008 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2008, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2008 by Nolan B. Canova.