We open the film meeting Carl (Jim Carrey) shy, reserved man who enjoys his time alone often avoiding his friends. After a terrible break-up with his girlfriend Stephanie (Molly Sims) three years ago, Carl just hasn't been able to put his life back together. Peter (Bradley Cooper), who is Carl's best pal, seems understanding of Carl's behavior until Carl forgets to show up for Peter's bachelor party.
When Carl meets up with an old friend Nick (Michael Higgins), he learns about a Yes seminar that Nick encourages him to attend. Carl, who is averse to trying everything, seems very skeptical of Nick and the idea. When Carl finally decides to attend the seminar he is made into quite a spectacle when Nick informs the group that it is Carl's first meeting.
Not quite sure what to make of the new Yes philosophy, Carl is forced to try it out when a bum asks him for a ride outside of the seminar. As the two are heading to their destination Carl also agrees to let the bum use his cell phone and give him cash as well. This of course leaves Carl with a problem when he runs out of gas after dropping off the bum in a public park. With a dead battery in his cell phone, Carl ends up begrudgingly walking to the nearest gas station to get gas for his car. When he meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel) at the gas station he begins to think his luck is changing. The two seem to hit it off and Allison agrees to give Carl a ride back to his car.
After Carl connects the dots he realizes that he wouldn't have met Allison if he hadn't said yes to the bum. Carl sees the connection and begins embracing the Yes philosophy. Of course not being able to say no has its ups and downs. This new lifestyle gets Carl into a bar fight, a romantic rendezvous with his elderly neighbor and an all niter with his buddies which ends in a hilarious Red Bull scene.
When Allison discovers that Carl is only saying yes to her because of his Yes pact the two split up leaving Carl crushed. After Allison leaves Carl he begins to understand that it isn't that you have to say yes to everything but that you should say yes to the things that you really want. With this new discovery Carl runs back to Allison and asks for another chance which she can't deny him.
If you are looking for a light-hearted comedy to watch with your significant other check out Jim Carrey in Yes Man. There are countless laughs and even some well placed romantic moments. Zooey and Carrey really played off each other well and made a better on screen couple than I thought was possible.
Yes Man is one of the more recent Jim Carrey movies which was filmed in 2008. Learn more about Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel and the entire Yes Man movie cast or check out the entire list of Jim Carrey films and movie roles.