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Yes Man - Not as good as the book!
Yes Man (DVD)
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Yes Man (DVD)
Advantages: Fairly Entertaining and Easy Watching
Disadvantages: Not comparable to the book, too much of a big blockbuster
I was quite excited about seeing Yes Man as I read the book and was expecting it to be pretty similar.
To explain the plot briefly (although the title says it all really), Jim Carrey plays a man who has become stuck in a rut, constantly making excuses for not being able to go out with his friends and enjoy himself. Without giving too much away something happens to wake him up from this sorry state and to encourage him to start saying 'yes' more. But instead of doing this in a loose sense he decides to start saying yes to absolutely everything, and the film tells the story of what adventures this takes him on and what situations he ends up in.
The book was apparently based on a true story so added an extra level of interest. The film was unfortunately based only very loosely on the book and there were a lot of differences. From my point of view it was also a very different style - of course the fact it was an American blockbuster and had Jim Carrey in (who played a much older character than the main character in the book) meant it was more glitzy (is that the right word??) and not particularly realistic, at all.
Without giving too much away I do want to highlight one part of the book that wasn't included in the film that I actually found hilarious in the book. Basically, because the main guy had decided to say yes to everything, when he got stuck in a conversation with his ex-girlfriend who was on a date with a new man, and she mentioned that they were on their way out for a meal and asked politely if he wanted to join them, he had to say yes! So there he was, pulling a chair up to a romantic table for two, completely intruding on a date. Eventually when his ex went to the ladies her date told him it was time he disappeared (but in less polite words!)
Generally I've found that people who haven't read the book have liked the film. When you've read the book you can't help picking holes in everything but all-round I guess it's a relaxing and reasonably entertaining watch.
Summary: People who haven't seen the book tend to find it really funny