Yes Man

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(2008) ★★

Five: PREMIERE Sunday 16 August, 9pm

Jim Carrey as a depressed bank loans officer whose life is changed at a seminar by self-help guru Terence Stamp. Life’s simple, see? Just say ‘yes’ to everything. Except the corner crack dealer, presumably, and… oh, I dunno… probably a billion other things. But anyway, Jim buys into this and – wowie zowie! – he’s hooked up with Zooey Deschanel. After hitting the funny-bone with Bring It On and The Break-Up, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is defeated by this wildly inconsistent comedy freely adapted from a bestselling memoir. It might have been more effective if it had been more open and honest with the audience from the start, and simply called itself Liar Liar 2. Most of the cast hams it up, but the deadpan Stamp’s funny as the sinister guru and Rhys Darby (aka Flight of the Conchords’ hapless manager Murray) gets the tone right, too. The affable Carrey makes the rest bearable, although he’s far too good for material as sappy and scrappy as this. Bits of it are as odd as The Number 23, which isn’t funny at all.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 104min

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