While the trailers for Yes Man made the Jim Carrey comedy look like your on-par laffer, it was the lack of creativity from Warner Bros. on the film's one-sheet that made me really worried. Had the studio shown early signs that they had given up on the film? Or have they cut back their design department with recession fears?
Enough with the theories however, as the first reviews have arrived for the film and they pretty much confirm what I initially predicted with a few extra positive nods here and there.
Yes Man Reviewed
Below you will find snippets from two of the first official reviews to surface for Yes Man and, if you pay attention closely, you will notice repeat comparisons to Liar Liar.
On paper, this sort of thing would seem right up Carrey's alley, very much in that "Liar Liar" mode. So does it live up to its crowd-pleasing potential?
In a word, yes.
Carrey's most satisfying live-action effort since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," the Peyton Reed-directed concept comedy finds its star in a notably relaxed place -- still managing to work in a bit of his trademark manic shtick while maintaining a decorum more appropriate for a man approaching his late 40s.
In the spectrum of Jim Carrey vehicles, “Yes Man” hews closest structurally to “Liar Liar,” offering the rubber-faced comic actor plenty of opportunities to riff -- but with far too few moments that approach the explosive hilarity of that earlier movie. Genial but slim, pic is certainly a light-hearted alternative to weighty year-end awards bait, but the conceit isn’t realized fully enough to ensure the affirmative response Warner Bros. would doubtless like to hear. As is, it’s more in the realm of a definite “maybe.”