Parents' Guide to

Yes Man

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Carrey comedy breaks no new ground but draws ample laughs.

Movie PG-13 2008 104 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 11+


Violence 2/5 Sex 3/5 Language 3/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 1/5
age 8+

Très drôle

Cets un film très drôle. J'aime la morale de l'histoire. Je l'ai vu avec ma fille de 8 ans qui l'a adoré. Par contre, j'ai dû sauter la scène avec la voisine.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34 ):
Kids say (69 ):

Yes Man isn't exactly original, but it's fun. After an extended hiatus from comedy -- his last live-action movie was the 2007 thriller The Number 23, and before that, 2005's Fun with Dick and Jane -- in YES MAN Carrey has found a vehicle that again makes the most of his elastic face and spastic humor. In many ways, it's reminiscent of Liar Liar -- only here he doesn't have to tell the truth, just say "yes." Carrey has mellowed just a little with age, too, which is perfect for the role. Co-star Zooey Deschanel is the perfect complement; as Alison, the jogging photographer/singer Carl falls in love with, she's offbeat enough to take the saccharine off, but still sweet enough to give Yes Man heart.

Still, some of the movie's gags are pretty done before they even get started. Getting laughs out of showing a hospital gown-clad man's backside? Been there, done that (see Jack Nicholson in Something's Gotta Give). The Internet jokes -- wife-finding Web sites, genital enhancement spam -- are fairly stale, too. But in a year filled with gross-out Apatow-ian films, it's somewhat of a relief to sit back and lose yourself in a traditional comedy that's absurdly cheesy, but in a good way. And the premise (the film was inspired by a memoir by Danny Wallace) is intriguing: If you say "no" to life, then it responds in kind to you, so why not go for it?

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 19, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: April 7, 2009
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper , Jim Carrey , Zooey Deschanel
  • Director: Peyton Reed
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity
  • Last updated: August 11, 2023

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