| April 11, 2009

YES MAN is a welcomed return to classic Jim Carrey comedies. With the release of FUN WITH DICK AND JANE it seemed as if Carrey’s antics became old hat and he was no longer a powerhouse in the funny business. YES MAN mostly succeeds in giving us the old Carrey we know and love. Several comparisons to this film and LIAR, LIAR have been made. I believe that the similarities end with the premise alone. This film is about Carl Allen, a banker who says NO to life. He has shut out his friends, he hates his job and his overall outlook on life is grim to say the least. An old acquaintance takes him to a seminar about saying “Yes to Life” run by the brilliant Terrence Stamp. Stamp himself singles out Carrey and makes a covenant with him, to say YES to life. At first apprehensive, Carrey follows this plan and a string of hilarious situations ensue. One of them being a romance with Zooey Deschanel, who does a nice job here as the romantic lead AND rock star. Her character is in a band called “Munchausen by Proxy”. I just want to say the supporting cast was what made this movie a great Jim Carrey vehicle. Bradley Cooper continues to do great work as Carrey’s best friend. Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) is hilarious as Carrey’s boss. Along with Zooey Deschanel, Terrence Stamp and small role by the great John Michael Higgins, this film had a worthy cast and the film excels because of it.
Now to the DVD!
As far as sound and picture goes, everything was top notch. The film looked great in 2.40:1 Widescreen.
If you are a Jim Carrey fan, these are all features that were made for you. To be honest I could have used more featurettes and behind the scenes. BE CAREFUL though! There are several versions of this film: A Single Disc; Double Disc Special Edition including Digital Copy; Blu Ray with Digital Copy.
Some extra features are on the Blu Ray edition that are not on the Double Disc: Special Edition. I will list those that are omitted.
Down Time on the Set (3:59): Jim Carrey being himself and entertaining the crew. Fun times.
Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man (11:52): This deals with Jim doing a ton of his own stunts. Includes footage of the highly publicized bungee jump that Carrey did do in the film.
On set with Danny Wallace (8:32): NOT ON REGULAR VERSION* Danny Wallace is the author of the memoir “Yes Man” that the film is based on. He walks us around and gives us a tour.
Future Sounds (5:28): The fictional band “Munchausen by Proxy” actually did their own music and are lead by real life singer/artist Zooey Deschanel. This is a faux “Behind the Music” type documentary.
Say yes to Red Bull (2:06):NOT ON REGULAR VERSION* You would think Jim Carrey is always on Red Bull, well he had never had one before filming the scene in the movie. Here it shows that in detail.
Gag Reel (5:35): Fun moments with the cast.
Yes, Man Party Central (2:16): NOT IN REGULAR VERSION* Rhys Darby provides a hilarious look at his apartment, in character as Norman.
Additional Scenes (7:31): NOT IN REGULAR VERSION Some extra scenes not in the film.
Depending on which edition you get, there are also 5 Music Videos to the songs in the film by Munchausen By Proxy.
In Conclusion, whether you are a moderate or die hard Jim Carrey fan, this is a fun outing. Not only is it a funny movie, but it really does have a good message. Sometimes we all need to get out of are shell and say YES to life. With three different versions of this film on DVD the price ranges from $16.99 to $24.99.
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