Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything. Working every funny bone in his nimble body and every muscle in his hilariously mobile face, Jim Carrey plays Carl in a YEScapade about opening up to lifes possibilities especially when those possibilities include romance with an intriguing, free-spirited musician (Zooey Deschanel). From the director of The Break-Up comes an invitation to discover the comedy power of yes.
Read my review of the two-disc DVD after the jump.
Official Site Link: www.yesisthenewno.warnerbros.com
Release Date: April 7, 2009
From all the previews I’d seen of this movie, I half-expected a sequel to Liar Liar — Jim Carrey’s incredibly funny 1997 comedy — in that its premise: Carl (played by Jim Carrey) decides to change his life by saying “yes” to everything no matter what, is very similar to Liar Liar. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The oddest thing about this movie is that it’s…just not all that funny. Sure there are some funny parts but it plays more like a drama than a comedy and I was really surprised by that. Overall I expected much more.
Even in that disappointment there are some bright spots, mainly Zooey Deschanel, who plays Allison, the romantic lead. The chemistry between her and Carrey works really well and helps lift the film in areas that otherwise would drag. Most everyone seems to love Deschanel, but the last two projects I’ve seen her in (The Happening and Tin Man) weren’t that great, so I had lowered expectations in this film. Thankfully she wasn’t a problem and was probably a better fit for this film than Carrey.
Downtime on the set of Yes Man with Jim Carrey (4 minutes)
Basically just a short featurette on Carrey on the set goofing off with his co-stars with some interviews with Carrey and the director.
Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man (12 minutes)
Another featurette focusing on Carrey with a focus on the stunts performed in the film. It’s a funny featurette and it even has some pretty interesting bits of information, including that the scene with Carrey’s character doing a bungee jump off the bridge was actually performed by Carrey (the director scheduled the shoot for the final day of shooting–just in case).
Future Sounds: Manchausen by Proxy (6 minutes) and Exclusive Munchausen by Proxy Music Videos (15 minutes)
A faux-profile of the band (headed by Deschanel’s character in the film) as well as the full, extended performances of the songs shown in the film.
Gag Reel (6 minutes)
Gag reels are always a favorite of mine, and this one’s good for a few good laughs.
The second disc just has a bonus digital copy of the film.
Unless you’re a big fan of Jim Carrey and/or Zooey Deschanel, my suggestion would be to rent Yes Man. It’s an okay movie, but when I sit down to watch comedies I expect to laugh, and more often than not, Yes Man just doesn’t deliver on that front. The supplemental package is adequate and surprisingly funnier than the feature, so overall, I give this movie and DVD a grade of 3/5.