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Review: Yes Man

Come to think of it, this comedy about ‘behaviour modification’ is almost a companion piece to Carrey’s Liar Liar, writes Rashid Irani.

movie reviews Updated: Dec 19, 2008 19:31 IST
Rashid Irani

Yes Man
Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel
Direction: Peyton Reed
Rating: ***

If it’s Carrey, it must be at least zany and imaginative. That Yes Man is based on the true story of British humorist Danny Wallace.

Not exactly blessed with a sunny attitude at the outset, Carrey is a guy used to saying no-no-no to everything. After a self-help seminar presided over by positive thinking guru (Terence Stamp, amusing), our Mr No has to say, “Yes” to everything and everyone for a year.

That life-altering decision leads Carrey to down energy drinks, learn the guitar and Korean and even look for a bride on the Internet. The underused Zooey Deschanel shows up as the smart girl on a scooter. Come to think of it, this comedy about ‘behaviour modification’ is almost a companion piece to Carrey’s Liar Liar (1997).

Dedicated to positive thinking, this film is sufficiently witty and engaging. Don’t expect a classic though. Carrey is goofily likeable. Like the rest of the movie.