Just Say Yes
By Jennifer Green,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Flat Dutch romcom has sexual references, language, drinking.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love does exist. It's important to stand up for yourself, get credit for your own original ideas, and exploit professional opportunities. Family should support each other. Romantic partners shouldn't cheat on each other. The host of a TV show called "Fatties" makes fun of overweight people.
Positive Role Models
Lotte learns from her mistakes at work and in her romantic life. She and her sister both apologize when they've hurt the other. Estelle lives her life on Instagram, has had a lot of plastic surgery, and lies about who she is in order to gain followers and keep a boyfriend. People judge and rate each other based on their looks. John forgives Estelle for her mistakes. Alex only seems to care about himself. He cheats on his fiancée with her best friend. Chris is kind to Lotte and also offers to babysit a friend's daughter. Overweight people are mocked.
Violence & Scariness
Lotte gets in a motorcycle crash that causes damage to structures, but she walks away unscathed. She often imagines yelling at people, strangling them, or forcefully brushing their teeth. Another woman gets a Lego tower stuck in her bottom and has to be taken away by ambulance. Lotte and her sister get in a knock-down fight, landing on a tower of champagne glasses. Lotte falls off a balcony onto a staircase below. A man attacks another man on a live TV show. Estelle makes a joke about suicide to her sister when she's clearly sad.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women are seen in all manner of undergarments and lingerie, including in a bra, on a video call in lingerie, and a camera close-up on a bottom in lacy underwear. Men are seen topless. Men and women kiss. An engaged man is caught having an affair with the best friend of his fiancée. Adults have one-night stands. Women talk about vibrators and their lack of sex. A married couple try to seduce each other. A TV weatherperson wears a low-cut top and a short skirt and is instructed to bend over more. A joke involves bull semen. An exercise instructor asks the women in his class whether they "want a really tight body for that sex tape." A man says he has an STD and "itchy balls."
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"F--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "damn," "t-ts," "balls," "bimbo," "whore," "sucker," "screw that," "loser," "jerk," "idiot," "fatties," "Jesus."
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Products & Purchases
Instagram, YouTube, Barbie and Ken, Lego, Bridezilla, Bride of Chucky.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke pot. A woman drinks heavily to drown her sorrows after a break-up. A group of women get drunk at a party and have a drug trip when they take what they think are seasickness tablets but turn out to be ecstasy. One woman vomits.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Say Yes is a romantic comedy from the Netherlands. The film has some negative representations of women, their relationships, and their body image. People judge and rate each other based on their looks. The main character lets herself be pushed around at work and by her fiancé, and she's led to believe she needs to lose weight and/or get a major makeover. She suggests an idea for a show about people trying to lose weight, and her male colleagues transform it into a show called "Fatties" where the host insults overweight people. The main character's sister has had multiple plastic surgeries to become a shallow but successful beauty influencer on Instagram. Women are seen in all manner of undergarments and lingerie; men are seen topless. Men and women kiss, have one-night stands, engage in affairs, and talk about sex. They drink alcohol, sometimes to excess, and take tablets that turn out to be ecstasy, resulting in a drug trip and one person vomiting. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "damn," "t-ts," "balls," "bimbo," "whore," "sucker," "screw that," "loser," "jerk," "idiot," "fatties," and "Jesus." A joke about suicide. This film was reviewed in the original Dutch with English subtitles.
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What's the Story?
Lotte (Yolanthe Cabau) is a television producer madly in love with her on-air host boyfriend, Alex (Juvat Westendorp) in JUST SAY YES. She imagines extravagant scenarios where he'll propose to her, but when he finally does, the proposal is a let-down and he breaks up with her soon after. Thankfully, her new colleague Chris (Jim Bakkum) hatches a plot to make Alex jealous by helping Lotte become an on-air star in her own right. Things get really complicated when her sister, Estelle (Noortje Herlaar), a narcissistic beauty influencer, falls in love with Lotte's boss, John (Edwin Jonker), and Lotte begins developing feelings for Chris.
Is It Any Good?
This romcom from the Netherlands follows a comfortably familiar formula and has some fine performances, but the film is ultimately light on laughs and heavy on bad taste. Just Say Yes's Lotte (played by the charismatic Spanish-Dutch Cabau) is like a Dutch Bridget Jones, right down to her seemingly-inaccessible work crush, pressure to lose weight, and embarrassing gaffes as a new on-air reporter. It's awfully hard to believe this smart and stunning woman is the pushover she's meant to be at the start, and her male colleagues' dismissiveness of her feels more appropriate to an era 20 years prior to the first Bridget Jones movie, not 20 years after.
It leaves you wondering if you're missing something in the translation (this film was reviewed in the original Dutch with English subtitles) when lines clearly meant to draw a laugh fall so thunderously flat, like when Estelle tells her recently-jilted sister not to "take her own life" while she's out on a date, or when an exercise coach's motivational cheers promise a "tight body on that sex tape," or when a stranger on a park bench mentions "STD" and "itchy balls" on a phone call. Other scenes are thankfully more subtle, and the actors do the best they can with the material. The film's attractive urban locations are an added bonus.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what gives Lotte her newfound confidence in Just Say Yes. How do we see her character evolve?
What do you think of Lotte's idea for the reality show? Have you ever seen anything like it?
The film is set in the Netherlands. What do you know about this country? Have you been there? Where could you go for more information?
- On DVD or streaming: April 2, 2021
- Cast: Yolanthe Cabau, Noortje Herlaar, Jim Bakkum
- Directors: Appie Boudellah, Aram van de Rest
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship
- Run time: 97 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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