Dir: Peyton Reed
Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel
Runtime: 1 hr 44 mins
Yes Man is the gripping and tragic story of a man named Tim Clarrey (played by Jim Carrey). This film is based on a true story, although the characters' names have been slightly changed to protect their anonymity.
Clarrey is a famous film star, who is respected by his fans, and known for not “selling out.”
The inciting incident occurs on his son's sixth birthday, which Clarrey is running late for. Clarrey's son is an absolutely horrible little kid, who is furious that his father is late to his birthday party (which isn't even on his real birthday anyway). Apparently the clowns, the pony ride, and an ice sculpture aren't enough for the greedy child.
No, he needs his father too.
The audience, or at least I, sympathize with Clarrey's situation– nobody would want to be on time, or even there at all, if your son was anything like this miserable creature.
When his father isn't there to watch him blow out the candles on his cake, the vindictive little boy lashes out with an evil birthday wish. He wishes that his dad will never be able to say no to another acting job again.
When the child blows out the candles, a ball of magical light appears, and darts out the window. The camera follows this whimsical light as it dances down the street, darting between the lamp posts. It skirts above the surface of a lake, almost getting swallowed by a large fish. Finally, after spending the better part of twenty minutes in a women's bathroom, this magical-birthday-wish-light finds Clarrey and dives into his open mouth, just as he is about to reject a part in a terrible movie.
“So what about the movie?”
Clarrey opens his mouth to say “no,” but nothing comes out. He struggles, trying his hardest to pass on this terrible movie. But he just can't do it. Eventually he says, “I'd love to do Groovy Santa: A Christmas Musical!”
Clarrey accepts bad movie after bad movie. Cowboys in Love, Little Dogs in Outer Space (Clarrey does voice acting for the Chihuahua), Groovy Santa II, Cowboys in Space, and Groovy Santa III: A Hanukkah for Everyone.
Finally, rumor spreads to the porn industry that Clarrey will never refuse a movie. The Fantastic Foursome, Sexy Santa, Sex Detective, and Sex Detective II.
The second half of this movie is hardcore pornography.
4 out of 5 stars.