Yes Man

Release Date: December 19, 2008

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86/196 Max Braden Zooey is adorable, and the movie got a couple laughs out of me, but mostly it's a predictable and passable rehash of Liar, Liar.

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What if someone dared you to say “yes” more often? Have you ever truly considered just how many times you deny the requests of others on a weekly basis? What if you took up all of the people sending you junk mail on their offers? Such is the curiosity of British comedian and former BBC producer Danny Wallace that he embarked on just such a course of action. After a stranger on the bus told him to say yes more often, he resolved to do exactly that for a period of several months. Opening his mind to new ideas in this manner, Wallace was shocked to discover just how many casual “no” answers he gave and how inverting his responses each time affected him dramatically. The humorist found so much fresh, new material from the endeavor that he wrote a book about it entitled Yes Man.

Warner Bros. has decided to make a theatrical adaptation of this novel. Peyton Reed, the director of Bring It On, The Break-Up and Down with Love, has signed on to direct. The real coup, however, is the lead actor signed on to star in the project. Jim Carrey will return to somewhat familiar territory in this comedy, which hearkens back to his work in the 1997 release, Liar Liar. In that film, Carrey’s character was unable to tell a lie as opposed to having to say yes to everything here.

Suffice it to say that this is a career choice for Carrey, as Liar Liar is one of the most successful projects of his career. It opened to $31.4 million in March of 2007 on its way to $181.4 million in domestic receipts. Those numbers inflation adjust to a $48.6 million opening and $281.0 million in terms of final box office. Yes Man certainly will not match those numbers, at least not the $281.0 million, but this total does give you some idea about how much consumers liked seeing Carrey in a similar role. If Yes Man has the type of killer trailers that release did, it will be a huge factor at the box office.

The other interesting aspect of Yes Man's box office is that Carrey waived his $25 million fee for the project. Instead, he has made one of these complicated, new Hollywood business deals wherein he guts a cut of the gross once the movie has earned back its negative cost. According to Variety, Carrey will 33% of all profit revenue as well as a third of all DVD sales revenue from dollar one. We may have to print new money with Jim Carrey's face on it before this is all said and done. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Yes Man
Main Cast Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper
Supporting Cast Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, Terence Stamp, Rocky Carroll
Director Peyton Reed
Screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel
Distributor Warner Bros.
Screen Count 3,434
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