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Yes Man

Age catches up to everyone, and we must seize each moment while we can. In order to live up to our potential, we have to say yes. Nothing wrong with these themes, and nothing wrong with holiday movies underscoring them.

But somehow Yes Man counters them by being at best a mediocre Jim Carrey comedy - which most of them are - and reminding us that Carrey stubbornly refuses to actually live up to his potential as an actor by consistently choosing just this kind of vehicle to worm his way into our hearts.

Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a loan officer closed off to life - okay, maybe the timing of this occupation isn't the greatest either. After his divorce from Molly Sims sometime earlier, Carl just shut down, saying no to everything and everyone, spending his evenings watching movies, not quite aware enough to even be wallowing in self-pity.

In theory, learning to say yes should turn Carl's life around. At least, that's what his random friend Nick (John Michael Higgins) thinks, and so he drags Carl to a seminar on the power of yes. There Carl makes a covenant to try being positive and open to the universe, which transforms him into wacky Jim Carrey. That's some magic crowbar.

Carrey and Director Peyton Reed use the screenplay as an excuse to let Carrey riff on scenarios. Occasionally, it's really clever, such as having Carl being torn between the new love of his life and a security guard each barking different orders at him. The rubbery comedian still has a fairly impressive command of his powers.

But those powers just don't seem to belong here; at least they don't quite follow that Carl would act like Carrey does. He's not just saying yes; he's being ridiculous.

It does capture the attention of free spirit Allison (Zooey Deschanel), close to being what the guys over at The A.V. Club call a manic pixie dream girl. Oh, she's got the crazy, or at least the idiosyncratic aimlessness that guys in movies always find irresistible, but because the story really needs some kind of conflict, she decides he's a freak and a liar because he hadn't mentioned that years earlier, he was married.

That twist feels as forced as the set-up, and therein lies the biggest problem. Only Carrey gets any development, and because he's doing schtick, he's not very believable (though admittedly funny at times). With everyone else around him cardboard cut-outs required to drive the plot along - his best friends Bradley Cooper and Danny Masterson only show up for exposition -- Yes Man feels as empty as Carl's life at the beginning.

Thus a movie about embracing life proves itself to be as cynical and empty as Terence Stamp's "Yes" Guru. Everybody seems charming and well-meaning. Right now few actresses can project wounded innocence like Deschanel, and Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby generates a little loopiness as Carrey's boss. Unlike Carrey, however, their laughs come within the limits of believability, while he's off doing inhuman pratfalls and faces.

Say yes to this, Jim Carrey - go ahead and be a serious actor when you want to be. Maybe now and then Carrey could return to comedy, and just let something be funny for its own sake instead of trying to give us a moral message. A couple more like this and he's like Eddie Murphy, although really, before he gets too old, some director should cast him in a multiple role. He's the only actor alive who could pull it off on film without make-up and prosthetics.

In the meantime, we're going to just have to say no.

Derek McCaw

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