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Yes Man

comedy, romance


Jim Carrey stars in the hilarious comedy about a man who decides to say "yes" to everything, instead of saying "no" all the time.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    45%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Carrey comedy breaks no new ground but draws ample laughs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy will likely appeal to young Jim Carrey fans excited to see him back on familiar (i.e. non-dramatic) turf. Although it's not as crude as the "gross out" comedies that have been so popular recently, there is some iffy stuff -- including a scene in which an elderly woman offers to perform oral sex on the main character (his facial expressions are shown) and another in which his bare butt is visible. There's also plenty of swearing -- everything from "ass" to "f--k" -- and a lot of product placement.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why kids want to see this movie -- is it because of the story or because Jim Carrey is in it?
  • What makes something a "Jim Carrey" comedy? Would you like his moviesas much if a different actor starred in them? Do you like his dramaticmovies? Why or why not?
  • Discuss the movie's message. Why is Carl the way heis in the beginning? What does he learn? Is the lesson applicable inreal life, or just fodder for a Hollywood blockbuster?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    45%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    66%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The most even-keeled, pleasant and mainstream movie Jim Carrey has made in many a moon.

- Eddie Cockrell, Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: No, man.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

2 stars for Zooey.

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

2 stars

This is a funny Carrey film, most things he makes still turns to gold but its not quite as shiny as it once was. Half n half with this one...on one hand this is a very enjoyable, amusing gentle film that expresses Carrey's comedic skills well. Its not insane like 'The Mask' or 'Liar Liar' with huge rubber faced over the top jesting, its quite down to earth and more sentimental with Carrey going with the more rom com style. The character of 'Norm' is a pretty funny scene stealer for me as the rest of the cast is alttle boring really, Stamp seems to have lost his acting ability. On the other hand this is really quite an unoriginal film that anyone could have taken the lead in, straight to DVD and never heard of again. You can see the jokes and outcomes coming a mile of and predict the story (similar theme to Liar Liar without kids), but Carrey is a funny guy and this film can lighten yr day, very easy going.

- phubbs1, Thursday, February 9, 2012

3 stars

talking to himself] "Hey Carl, do you wanna give all of your money away to a homeless guy? Yes, yes I do. How about letting him burn out your phone batteries so you can't call triple A when you run outta gas? You know what, that sounds like a FUCKING GREAT IDEA! Why don't you take a late night stroll through the hills and be killed by the Manson family. Don't mind if I do " Ok let's just establish that I love love love Jim Carrey, his crazy insane roles and the more serious ones, so it actually pains me to say this, seriously, it hurts, but, here it is.....I didn't really like it. I have never before said that about a Carrey movie (except The Number 23 which was questionable ha). A lot of reviews say 'Jim is back on form' and 'doing what he does best', but I can't agree I'm sorry. Firstly, to me he hadn't lost much to begin with :), but if he had, this wouldn't have resurrected it and secondly, it's not what he does best, there were just aspects of it thrown in now and then, but those moments were few and far between :( It's not a disaster by any means, but it is forgettable. Normally Carrey's films have me laughing out loud almost the entire way through, he's just my kind of humour, but the funny moments in this were anything but constant, they fleeted by so fast that I was constantly praying for a funny moment and attempting to force myself to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong it did have me laughing at certain parts, but, there were times where I was (can't believe it) a little bored. The romantic aspect of the film shines through the hit and miss comedy, as the relationship between Carl and Allison develops, it manages to be cute without being overly-sentimental. It's shortcomings can't be blamed on the cast, as all performances are more than adequate. But it could have, should have been funnier. There were so many comedic possibilities for Carrey to do his thing, maybe too many, that I feel some scenes that were perhaps best left for the cutting room floor made it into the final cut, which became a mlange of random clips. At least Warner Bros. got plenty of advertising in geez. I can't bear to give it less than 3 stars, so there it is. Oh Jimmy, how about getting back with Shadyac :)

- JennifairyW, Saturday, November 21, 2009