A major life change—especially in the movies—wouldn’t be complete without the requisite romance, right? Fortunately, that part of the story is also a highlight, thanks to the casting of the equally offbeat Zooey Deschanel, who is a great match for Carrey’s over-the-top antics. Whether it’s the jogging photography class she teaches at 6:00 a.m. or the quirky alternative band (with only five loyal fans) that she happens to front during the late-night hours, Deschanel shines all the brighter with Carrey by her side. And their courtship, which is cut from an unconventional cloth, helps seal his transformation from isolated curmudgeon to someone who’s actually really living and looking out for the needs of others.

While the inevitable moralizing, not to mention the ending, are a bit obvious, Carrey’s fanbase definitely won’t be disappointed by Carrey’s return to comedy in Yes Man. And with such serious movies like Doubt, Revolutionary Road, and The Reader dominating the multiplex during the holiday season, it also provides a satisfying comedic diversion that readily showcases Carrey’s strengths.

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking and a scene where Carl is very drunk and kisses a guy’s girlfriend, only to get beaten up afterward.
  • Language/Profanity:  An assortment of salty language including instances where the Lord’s name is taken in vain and the PG-13 allotment of “F” words (two).
  • Sex/Nudity:  There are several crass laughs—one involving a particularly randy grandmother and oral sex, another about enlarging male genitalia and mentions of masturbation and cohabitation. Toward the end of the movie, Carl’s backside is revealed when he rides a motorcycle while wearing a hospital gown and several male and female’s backsides are shown after they donate their clothing to the homeless.
  • Violence:  Only of a comic nature, which involves a couple of fights, a car accident in a dream sequence and several instances of falling.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels,
 Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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