Rock on, Jim. Just don’t say yes to more lousy scripts.
YES MAN (Peyton Reed). 104 minutes. Opens Friday (December 19). For venues and times, For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: N
Yes Man finds Jim Carrey making a desperate bid for a mass-audience comeback by reworking the premise of Liar Liar. Now he has to say "yes" to anything anyone asks him, no matter how insane, dangerous or ill-advised.
Oh, what wackiness ensues - though in the hands of director Peyton Reed, it's surprisingly dull wackiness, with barely defined characters standing agog in the background while Carrey barks random improvisations and/or muttered asides to fill the dead space in the script. It's like watching Robin Williams at his neediest - not a good thing.
Faring even worse than Carrey is poor Zooey Deschanel. She's gone from loopy indie sweetheart to blank-faced love interest in the space of three or four years. The coltish young woman who was so affecting in David Gordon Green's All The Real Girls has been replaced by a sex robot from the future who does not understand this thing you humans call "feeling."
Also, she's 18 years younger than Carrey. Ick.