"there's a lesson here for us all"
Being a teenager in the 90's, I have to say I was never a big fan of Jim Carrey's mainstream performances in the films that made him the star that he is today. Hits like Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber and Liar Liar left me mostly indifferent to Carrey's rather obscene personality. It was only when he shined in more complex roles like The Truman Show, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that I grew to respect the wide range of characters Carrey is able to bring to life.
The story itself is really simple: Carl (Jim Carrey), a very negative man, goes to a meeting among the very positive Yes people, whose charismatic leader (Terence Stamp) preaches that one should say Yes to all questions and agree with all propositions. Carl is reluctantly convinced to try it out, and after meeting a girl on a scooter (the lovely Zooey Deschanel) all sorts of things start happening around him. But being 100% positive might be tricky sometimes...
Yes Man is nice entertainment. Carrey fans won't be disappointed and there are a lot of strong, funny moments. Some points that still managed to ruin some of the fun are the fact that the film was very predictable, Carrey has definitely aged recently, and it's starting to show so much that the age gap between him and Dashnel left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable.
The acting was believable, and it's entertaining 'til the end. The premise was plausible, and the characters are pleasant to look at, but perhaps most interesting is how there really is a good lesson built in there for all of us to learn.