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, Drama, Fantasy

Themes

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