Jim Carrey has been taking it slow lately. In the last five years, the funny man has made only a half dozen films, several of which he spent trying his dramatic wings and another hidden behind animation. It was probably a good thing. If you're anything like me, you can only handle Carrey in small doses. Yes Man is a pleasant, albeit minor, surprise that actually harkens back to Carrey's glory days with a solid, satisfying comedy that aims to please and mostly hits its mark.
Carl Allen (Carrey) is a bit of a downer, a perpetual naysayer, a real negative Nellie. He says no to just about everything. He can't be bothered. He is constantly turning down invitations, manufacturing wild excuses to get out of having fun. Carl hasn't always been this way, but a recent divorce has turned the otherwise amiable guy into a hermit who would rather closet himself away in the privacy of his own apartment than spend time with his recently engaged best friend (Bradley Cooper). It's not that Carl is socially awkward; he's simply cut himself off from other people. Give him a decade or two and he'll be the crazy guy in the apartment next door. Thankfully for him and us, he's still salvageable.
A chance encounter with an old workmate (John Michael Higgins) leads to a seminar led by a self-help televangelist (Terence Stamp) whose "gospel" is based around one simple principle: say yes to everything. Carl decides to take the message to heart, leading to a series of hilarious incidents in which he learns to play the guitar, takes up Korean, goes bungee jumping, drinks way too much Red Bull, orders a Persian bride on the Internet, and meets the love of his life, an eclectic rocker named Allison (Zooey Deschanel). Though embracing every opportunity that ...1