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Yes Man (2008)

Jim Carrey, Luis Guzman, ... | LUIS GUZMAN AND JIM CARREY
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Details Release Date: Dec 19, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 104 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Jim Carrey; Distributor: Warner Bros.

After his tepid 2007 thriller The Number 23, Carrey tries getting back in his groove as a lonely loan officer who attends a motivational seminar and then says yes to every opportunity that comes his way, from skeet shooting to buying a Persian wife online. ''His performance,'' says Reed (The Break-Up), ''reminds me of something between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Liar Liar, where it's comedic but it's also very grounded.'' During production, Carrey himself wasn't always so grounded: He performed his own bungee jump off a bridge — though Warner Bros. insisted the stunt occur on the final day of shooting. ''That struck us as really morbid,'' laughs Reed. "You can't trade the look on Jim's face. His [terrified expression] is very, very real.''
OUR TWO CENTS Carrey hasn't cracked us up since Bruce Almighty, but given his potential to be funny + a singing Deschanel + The Break-Up's scene-stealer John Michael Higgins + Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby, we'd love to say oui! 12/19
DEEP DIVE features videos and audio clips from the British humorist and radio presenter whose 2005 book, Yes Man, inspired the film

Originally posted Aug 14, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints

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