Yes Man

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, Terence Stamp. Comedy. Written by Nicholas Stoller and Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel. Directed by Peyton Reed.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man who signs up for a self-help program based on one simple principle: say yes to everything...and anything. At first, unleashing the power of “yes” transforms Carl’s life in amazing and unexpected ways, but he soon discovers that opening up his life to endless possibilities can have its drawbacks.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It’s a creative idea. Like It’s A Wonderful Life’s George Bailey was given a chance to see what life for others would have been like if he hadn’t been born, Carrey’s Carl gets a second chance to find purpose and happiness, not to mention a great-looking chick half his age.

The Jerry Lewis-like Mr. Carrey is still made of rubber. Though assisted by some CGI and a double working overtime, he still amuses with a buoyant body unbounded by the branches of physics. What’s more, he has mastered the ability to combine slapstick pratfall with sensitive emotion. Thus, he is both funny and real. So too is the movie. What’s more, it reminds us to enjoy life.

From my understanding of God’s Word, our time on Earth will be our one opportunity in eternity to let our faith grow, to trust in God and to serve others through and by faith. But in the Bible, there is also evidence that we are to enjoy His creation. Though we are living in perilous times, let’s still smell the roses and enjoy those around us.

Alas, the film contains an ointment-covered fly. Along with the culture’s acceptance of premarital sex and moviemakers tendency towards the use of crude sexual remarks, the film also contains several uses of the expression, G...d…. Forgive me for putting that in your head, but both the leads use the profanity, along with other cast members. It’s like nails on a chalkboard for me. And every time I hear it, I’m reminded by something inside me that the offense is discussed in the first four of the ten commandments. Before “Thou Shalt not kill” and the others, we are commanded to reverence our God. We’re not living in a time when reverence for anything is a priority – certainly not in the world of today’s cynical comics. Nothing is out of bounds when it comes to humor for these people.

I harp on this offense because I don’t want irreverence toward God to ever be acceptable to the Christian Body. Though we all have said things we regret (no one more so than I), when it is placed on a film’s soundtrack, it remains forever. And it says something about the performer. He or she is unafraid of the consequences. True, God doesn’t seem to be blasting any of them with bolts of lightning. But one day they will stand before Him, hopefully forgiven for the offense, but still it will be something they will regret. Rather than showing respect for the Creator, they belittled Him.

So, should you support a film containing the misuse of God’s name? Your decision. My job is to point out a film’s positives and to give you the reason for the rating. I doubt God is going to hold anything against you because you saw a movie with some bad language. However, I also suspect that He is pleased whenever we try to show respect for Him and others.

DVD Alternative:Groundhog Day. A funny modern-day parable with Bill Murray living the same day over and over, until he realizes his assistant is the girl for him.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros/Village Roadshow

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several crude sexual comments and references.

Obscene Language: Ten or so obscenities, (mostly the s- and f-words).

Profanity: Around seven profanes uses of God’s name or Christ’s.

Violence: Several slapstick situations and pratfalls and dangerous motorcycle stunts that shouldn’t be tried at home; a barroom braw leads to the intoxicated lead getting punched; a realistic looking car crash.

Sex: One sexual situation has an elderly lady coming onto a younger man; though not seen, the old woman performs oral sex on Mr. Carrey’s character.

Nudity: Leaving the hospital in a backless gown, the male lead’s backside is shown; a large group of people are seen sans clothing – the scene is played for laughs, not for sexual reasons.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some social drinking; in one scene the lead gets drunk; the female lead plays a singer and performs in a bar.

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Above

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