Yes Man (film)

Yes Man is a 2008 comedy film directed by Peyton Reed, written by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel and starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby, Maile Flanagan, Danny Masterson, and Terence Stamp. The film is based loosely on the 2005 book Yes Man by British humourist Danny Wallace, who also makes a cameo appearance in the film.


Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has become withdrawn and preoccupied with his personal life since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie (Molly Sims).He has grown used to spending his spare time watching DVDs alone in his apartment, and has an increasingly negative outlook on his life.

One day, an old colleague of Carl’s suggests that he goes to a “Yes!” seminar with him, which encourages its attendants to seize the opportunity to say “Yes!” Carl decides to attend the seminar and he meets inspirational guru Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp), who publicly browbeats him into making a covenant with himself. Carl reluctantly promises to stop being a “No Man” and vows to answer “Yes!” to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself thereafter.

After the seminar, saying yes to a homeless man’s requests only leaves Carl stranded in Elysian Park with his phone battery dead, no cash, and his gas tank empty. Disillusioned, he hikes to a gas station where he meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel), an unorthodox young woman who rides a scooter.

But Carl soon discover that better can be good’s enemy, and that all opportunities shouldn’t be taken.

Quotations related to: Yes Man 

Carl Allen

  • No. No means no!
    • First lines of movie, refusing to answer his telephone.
  • Hey Carl, do you wanna give all your money away to some homeless guy? Yes, yes I do. How ’bout letting him burn up your phone battery so that you can’t call triple A when your car runs out of gas? You know what? That sounds like a fuckin’ great idea! Why don’t you take a late night stroll through the hills and get killed by the Manson family? Don’t mind if I do!
    • Walking with gas can after being stranded without gas.
  • “Yes always leads to something good.” “Never avoid opportunities. They may come in any form.”
    • Reading from a “Yes!” pamphlet.
  • Oh come on! You’re already half-way through. Just snap it off, already!
    • While watching Saw
  • Hey, I’m just saying “yes” to life — ’cause — you gotta say “yes” to life. I’m in a secret conevant! …that sounded naughty!
  • I got blisters on my fingers!
    • After singing and playing Jumper” by Third Eye Blind on guitar to a person prepared to jump off a building
  • You ever had a Red Bull? I’ve never had a Red Bull before, but I had a Red Bull last night — I really like Red Bull.
  • She’s spontaneous. She’s ballsy. She has no clue what she’s doing and she doesn’t care. She’s the complete opposite of me.
    • On Allison to Peter
  • Well, its been a nice run. I might get shit-canned norm. Anyway, don’t worry about it — I’m sure it will lead to something good.
  • Not possible!
    • After leaving Stephanie’s apartment, he sees a guy who looks like him call Carl a “no man”
  • Terrence, Don’t freak out…
    • Popping up in back seat of Terrence Bundley’s car.
  • The old Carl didn’t think he was enough for anybody. I thought if I said yes to things, and got involved with people, then sooner or later they’d find out I’m not enough. I didn’t think I had anything to share. But now I know that what I have to share is pretty huge, and I want to share it with you.

Terrence Bundley

  • Life! We are all living it — or are we?
  • The word is Yes, say it a million times, say it a million more times and the word you’d’ve said two-million times is [the audience] YES!
  • Okay, If the molehill won’t come to Terrence … then Terrence will come to the molehill.
  • You’re dead, Carl. You say “no” to life and therefore, you’re not living. You make up excuses to the people around you and to yourself. You’re stuck in the same dead-end job you’ve had for years. You don’t have a girlfriend. You don’t have anything close to a girlfriend. And you lost the love of your life because she couldn’t be with someone who didn’t live theirs. And on most nights you’re so bored and filled with ennui, you can’t even summon the enthusiasm necessary to masturbate. Am I right, Carl?  
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