MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

In this strange love story with rhyming dialog, the two leading characters a famous American scientist (Joan Allen) and a Lebanese cook (Simon Abkarian) have no names, just He and She. The narrator (Shirley Henderson) is a young maid who philosophizes over the dirt she finds in the otherwise sterile apartment of She and her politician husband (Sam Neill). He and She meet at a stuffy banquet where He reaches out to her. Despite their cultural, economic and religious differences, they immediately become passionate lovers. She was educated in a Catholic school in Ireland and raised by an atheist aunt. He is a devout Muslim who suffers ridicule daily from his Christian and agnostic coworkers. Eventually the oppressed immigrant with no social status and the upper-class elite scientist switch roles as He asserts himself according to his cultures dominance over women, leaving her in emotional shambles.

An exercise in misery, Yes examines the complicated clash of global cultures. Even though He initiates the adulterous relationship, his disgust with her possessive sexual appetite ultimately destroys the affair. In one of her lectures before a medical school audience, She expounds on the fact that life does indeed begin with conception, reflecting her Catholic anti-abortion upbringing. Later, She renounces all of her Catholic teachings to give in to her physical needs, and she abandons her career and sham of a marriage. Anthony retaliates by seducing the teenage daughter of his wifes best friend. While there is no graphic sex or nudity, the love scenes are intense with raw emotions. In the restaurant kitchen, one of the other cooks cant speak one sentence without spewing out a string of f-words and other obscenities. Unfortunately, those scenes are too frequent and too lengthy. In summary, Yes earns a resounding No! from Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Sony Pictures Classic

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Crude Language: Few (3) times mild (other 1); moderate 2 (b-tch)

Obscene Language: Many (59) times moderate (cr-p 2), strong (f-word 55, s-word 2)

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (MG 1, strong JC 1, J 1)

Violence: None

Sex: Many times mild (older man seduces young girl with sex implied); moderate (graphic motions under covers, woman undresses man, passionate kissing and groping)

Nudity: Few times mild (near nudity, woman in bed with covers barely covering her)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times strong (explicit conversation, narrator refers to sexual activity evidence, man refers to his sexual arousal)

Drugs: None

Other: Several appropriate uses of God (man declares Jesus as his Lord and Savior before Muslims and agnostics), negative view of adulterys consequences, cultural differences portrayed as difficult to overcome, passion rules over attempt to right wrongs in marriage

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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