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->''"The world's a playground. You know that when you're a kid, but somewhere along the line everyone forgets it."''
-->-- '''Allison'''

''Yes Man'' is a 2008 film where Creator/JimCarrey has to say yes to everything.

Carl (Creator/JimCarrey) is a divorced, dead-end jobbed, stick in the mud. He says no to everything and everyone. When a friend drags him to a self-help seminar, all of that changes. Instructed to say "yes" to everything, Carl starts branching out and trying things he would never have agreed to before, whether he wants to or not. When he says "no," terrible things seem to happen to him.

It's very loosely based on the memoir ''Yes Man'', by Danny Wallace.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: The original was inspired by some random stranger's comment on the bus. The film replaces this with a meeting with an old friend of Carl's, then a huge motivational seminar.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Soo-Mi, the romantically frustrated {{Meganekko}} whom Carl eventually sets up with Norm, to great success.
** Norm. He seems pretty annoying at first, but the more we see of the guy makes him more endearing.
%%** Carl himself counts as this.
* AntiLoveSong: ''Sweet Ballad'' ("Got nothing to prove, I'm not your whore...") and ''Uh-Huh'' ("I should have been the one to break up with you...")
%%* BadassBiker: Carl and the Ducatti.
* BigYes: The premise of the film involves Carl essentially becoming a YesMan, so naturally, this happens.
* BlackComedy: Carl's friends finding him dead. [[{{CrossesTheLineTwice}} With flies all over him. And in his mouth.]] [[spoiler: Of course it's all just a dream.]]
* ChekhovsGun: A [[spoiler:mail-order bride]], [[spoiler:learning to fly a plane]], and [[spoiler:a loan for a fertilizer company]] at first appear to be one-off gags, but all factor into the plot later when [[spoiler: Carl and Allison are detained at the airport]]. The [[spoiler:loan for the motorcycle]] and [[spoiler:Lee being a nurse (conveniently at the hospital where Carl is taken)]] also turn out to be important.
* ChekhovsSkill: Learning to [[spoiler:speak Korean]] and [[spoiler:play the guitar]] seem to just be miscellaneous examples in a montage of things Carl says yes to, but they come in especially handy later. Same with the [[spoiler:scooter/motorcycle]].
* CloseOnTitle: All the credits, including the name of the film, are placed at the end.
%%* CloudCuckooLander: Nick. In ''spades''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Pretty much everyone who's been to one of Terrence's events seems to believe that his philosophy really is about saying "yes" to everything, rather than it just being a way of opening people up to new ideas and experiences. Carl is the only person to get the full idea behind it, and even then that doesn't happen until Terrence explicitly tells him.
** Nick manages to miss the point in a completely different way, as he uses the "say yes" philosophy to give him an excuse to do all sorts of immoral and illegal stuff, like throwing a brick through the bank's window and supposedly blowing up a cow with a bazooka.
* CreatorCameo: Danny Wallace who has his background cameo behind a horny old lady in the bar. To the extent that Carl is based on Danny, also a RealPersonCameo.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Allison, played by... you guessed it, Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, who did it a [[TypeCasting couple of times before]]. Carl is also pretty snarky himself.
%%* DirtyOldWoman: Tillie.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Carl is propositioned by an old woman who lives in his building, and when he tries to say no, he is karmically punished. Think for a second about how this would be treated if the protagonist was a woman.
* FakeBand: Munchausen by Proxy. The soundtrack album consists of nine Music/{{Eels}} songs and four Munchausen by Proxy songs [[note]]One of which wasn't actually in the movie[[/note]], and the liner notes have some fun with this: There's an essay about Munchausen by Proxy written by Eels' vocalist E and an essay about Eels supposedly written by Allison... So in other words you have a real musician writing about a fictional band and a fictional musician writing about a real one.
* FanDisservice: Ever wanted to see Jim Carrey's bare ass?
* {{Hipster}}: Allison, if her strange fashion sense and a penchant for indie music and unusual hobbies are any indication. A rare non-satirical example.
%%* InterruptedSuicide: The "Jumper" scene.
%%* IWantSong: ''Yes Man'' (the credits song).
* InNameOnly: The film is only very tenuously related to the book which it derives from, VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory to the point of being just "inspired by".
* LargeHam: Terrence Stamp is over the top and seems to enjoy it. Creator/JimCarrey, however, is much more restrained than in his earlier movies.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Carl seems to think this is what happens if he breaks the Yes Contract, and it appears this way both times he attempts to say something other than "yes" until Terrence explains things to him.
* ManChild: Apart from having a very childish sense of humour, Norm is a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''Film/ThreeHundred'' fanboy.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Allison, played by the trope's perceived poster girl Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, is a subversion. Her quirky hobbies are entirely for herself, and she's pretty horrified at the idea of just being a tool for Carl's happiness. She also calls him out when he tells her that she's so fearless, and explains that of course she has her own fears, and that she's also perfectly happy living her life without him.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The first time Carl tries to go against the covenant and say "no" he almost meets with a terrible end. From then on he's convinced that he's actually magically contracted to say "yes." [[spoiler: When he hunts down Terrence and asks him to remove the covenant from him, he informs him there ''is no covenant.'' It's left up to the viewer to decide if it was magic, or the power of suggestion.]]
%%* MeetCute:
%%** A subversion occurs with Carl and Allison.
%%** Played completely straight when Carl introduces Soo-Mi to Norm.
* MistakenForTerrorist: PlayedForLaughs when [[spoiler:Carl is detained by federal agents who, judging by his weird hobbies, believe that he's a North Korean spy preparing a 9/11-style terrorist plot.]]
* MoralLuck: A minor example. As a result of having to say "yes" to everything Carl ends up granting every loan application that he receives. He later receives praise and a promotion from his superiors. Of course, it was entirely down to chance that the loan applicants he happened to see during this period were people who wanted fairly small loans which they were able to pay back; if they had happened to be people demanding larger loans which they could not possibly repay, Carl would have granted them nevertheless, and received blame from his superiors (and perhaps even been fired).
%%* MotorMouth: Carl, after having one too many Red Bull energy drinks.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Terrence has one of these in the very last shot of the film, as he realizes from [[spoiler:the hundreds of naked people, who had happily donated all of their clothing to charity at Carl's request]] that no-one (aside from Carl) has understood the point of his message at all.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny:
** The end of the movie has all attendees of the seminar attend without clothes due to donating all their clothes, [[spoiler: causing Terrence's "My God What Have I Done" moment]].
%%** And Carl's upskirt (or rather, up-hospital-gown) moment as he rides the Ducatti to get his girl.
%%* PrecisionFStrike: During Carl's rant after his first "yes" act. It's quite understandable too.
* ProductPlacement: The only discernible reason for Red Bull to be mentioned as many times as it is. And also the Tempurpedic mattress and the cup of wine.
* RecklessGunUsage: The hero goes skeet shooting with his girlfriend. She asks what to do, and accidentally shoots the ground. After the instructor shows her where to point, she hits the clay pigeon. In her excitement, she turns around still holding the gun and everyone in the shooting range ducks for cover.
* ShoutOut:
** The film has a number of tributes to the ''Film/HarryPotter'' film series including a die-hard Harry Potter fan and a scene where the characters marathon the movie series. It should come as no surprise that producer David Heyman, who produced the ''Harry Potter'' films, also produced this movie. Or that Creator/WarnerBros distributed all ... nine, now.
%%** "I got blisters on me fingers!"
%%* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/LiarLiar''.
* {{Squick}}: The scene where Carl's neighbor helps him... release. It was in-universe {{Squick}} for him too until he found out she's apparently pretty good at it.
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal[=/=]InterruptedSuicide: Carl ''sings'' a man back from the ledge with "Jumper". At one point, he blanks on the next lyric and the suicidal guy joins in.
* ThatCameOutWrong:
** When Carl tries to bolt when his ex-wife and her new man walk up in the bar, he stretches out the word "gone" into "gone-a-rea". Oops.
** "I might break the sacred cun-a-vunt... that sounded naughty..."
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: The FBI agents that arrest Carl at the airport.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: With references to the mid-2000s indie scene, Website/MySpace, and early 2000s movies, this movie might result as a rather interesting time capsule.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Which is to say, the premise is essentially the same but virtually everything else is different from the way it really happened. In real life, Danny Wallace started the project after being told to "say yes more" by a man on a bus -- it had nothing to do with any self-help organization, and all the stuff that Carrey's character does while in yes mode is different from what Wallace did in real life.