Yes Man

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Warner Bros. Released 2008

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Director:
Peyton Reed
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

Carl is an L.A. bank employee dealing with depression after the breakdown of his marriage to Stephanie. Supported by his friends in the beginning, it isn't long before Carl's insensitive behaviors irk even his closest buddies, Pete and Rooney. Carl attends an empowerment seminar led by self-help guru Terrence Bundley. To turn his life around, Carl pledges to say yes to everything for a year. Automatically saying yes is initially empowering for Carl; he meets a beautiful girl, Allison, he rebuilds his relationship with Pete and Rooney, and gets involved with a myriad of lessons and activities. Life is going good for Carl, until Allison learns of his pledge to say yes to everything in life. Is Carl only with her because he can't say no? Allison can't live with the uncertainty, and Carl is alone once again. The Yes Man has to learn to say no again before he can be truly happy again.

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  • 60

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Genial but slim, picture is certainly a light-hearted alternative to weighty year-end awards bait, but the conceit isn't realized fully enough.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Jim Carrey works the premise for all it's worth, but it doesn't allow him to bust loose and fly.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Yes Man rarely rises to genuine hilarity. It takes no risks, finds no inspiration and settles, like its hero, into a dull, noncommittal middle ground. Should you see this movie? Ma...

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      • Production Budget - $70,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $97,690,976 (30th)
        Worldwide Gross - $223,241,637 (27th)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $108,031,525
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $253,711,944

      • Other production companies:
        Village Roadshow Pictures
        Heyday Films
        The Zanuck Company

      • Filming locations include:
        Los Angeles, California
        Echo Park, Los Angeles, California
        Griffith Park Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
        Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
        Koreatown, Los Angeles, California
        Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
        Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California
        Pasadena, California
        Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California

      • Taglines:
        1. The era of yes has begun.
        2. One word can change everything.

      • Music:
        Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
        Written by Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry
        Performed by Journey
        Old Enough
        Written by Brendan Benson and Jack White
        Performed by The Raconteurs
        To Lick Your Boots
        Written by Mark Everett and Peter Buck
        Performed by The Eels
        Bus Stop Boxer
        Written by Mark Everett and John Parish
        Performed by The Eels with Butch Norton
        Fuck This Shit
        From Saw
        Written by Charlie Clouser
        Your Lucky Day In Hell
        Written by Mark Everett and Mark Goldenberg
        Performed by The Eels with Butch Norton
        Eyes Down
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels
        The Sound Of Fear
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels
        The Spaces Between
        Written by Benjamin William Gidley King, Chris Kolias and Damian Paul Press
        Performed by Expatriate
        El B'Nia
        Written by Pat Jabbar and Abdelaziz Lamari
        Performed by Maghrebika
        Swollen Summer
        Written by Sam Endicott
        Performed by The Bravery
        Flowers
        Written by Jun
        Performed by Terra
        Staring At The Rude Bois
        Written by Paul Fox, John Jennings, Malcolm Owen and Glen Dave Ruffy
        Performed by Gallows featuring Lethal Bizzle
        Yes To You
        Written by Sidney Clare and Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
        Performed by Alice Faye
        Emperor Waltz
        Written by Bob Ballard
        Performed by Lawrence Welk
        Jumper
        Written by Stephan Jenkins
        Performed by Jim Carrey
        Hyper Enough
        Written by Laura Ballance, Mac McCaughan, Jim Wilbur and Jon Wurste
        Performed by Superchunk
        Journey to the Center of the Earth
        Written by Bernard Herrmann
        Performed by Von Iva and Minnie Driver
        Star Spangled Banner
        Written by Francis Scott Key
        Performed by Minnie Driver
        Uh-Huh
        Written by Becky Kupersmith, Jillian Iva Meador and Kelly Harris
        Performed by Von Iva and Zooey Deschanel
        In A Jar
        Written by J. Mascis
        Performed by Dinosaur Jr.
        Sweet Ballad
        Written by Becky Kupersmith, Jillian Iva Meador and Kelly Harris
        Performed by Von Iva and Minnie Driver
        Helicopter
        Written by Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes, Kele Okereke and Matt Tong
        Performed by Bloc Party
        Blinking Lights (For You)
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels
        Theme From Blinking Lights
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels
        Prologue
        From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
        Written by John Williams
        Wooden Nickels
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels
        The Good Old Days
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels with Butch Norton
        Leaving Hogwarts
        From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
        Written by John Williams
        Animal
        Written by Mark Everett and Jim Lang
        Performed by The Eels
        Ana Ng
        Written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell
        Performed by They Might Be Giants
        Water Music
        Written by George Frideric Handel
        Performed by Aradia Ensemble
        Reunion Of Friends
        From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
        Written by John Williams
        Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A.
        Written by Wiliam Katz, Gene Piller and Ruth Roberts
        Performed by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhusker Marching Band
        Can't Buy Me Love
        Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
        Performed by Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel
        Umbrellas To Mend
        Written by Mel Kaufman
        Performed by Frisco Jass Band
        Olde Mill Inn
        Written by Ritchie Blackmore (as Richard Blackmore) and Candice Night
        Performed by Blackmore's Night
        Lazer Gun
        Written by Norwood Cheek and Peyton Reed
        Performed by Dr. Dud
        Stomp!
        Written by George Henry Johnson, Louis E. Johnson, Rod Temperton and Valerie Johnson
        Performed by Brothers Johnson
        Let's Get Small
        Written by James Avery, Tony Fisher and Robert M. Reed
        Performed by Trouble Funk
        Cool Jerk
        Written by Donald Storball
        Performed by The Go-Gos
        Flyswatter
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels with Butch Norton
        Somebody Loves You
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels with Butch Norton
        Carry On
        Written by Maria Tynes and Wardell Joseph Quezergue
        Performed by Jean Knight
        Yes Man
        Written by Becky Kupersmith, Jillian Iva Meador, Kelly Harris
        Performed by Von Iva and Minnie Driver
        Man Up
        Written by Mark Everett
        Performed by The Eels
        A Little Bit of Basie
        Written and Performed by Red Garland

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    Categories

    Comedy, Fantasy

    Themes

    mainstream america, pondering life, quirky love story, jumping back into the dating world, isolation from society