Loosely based on the true story of British humorist Danny Wallace's attempt to inject more positivity into this life, Yes Man stars Jim Carrey as Carl Allen, a mid-level loan officer whose strategy for promotion is to take no risks with his bank's money and suck up to the boss. His lackadaisical approach to work has bled into his personal life, Yes Man opens on a scene that is both funny and melancholic as Carl makes up a series of elaborate excuses to a friend for why it is imperative he stay in and rent videos that night.
After a huge blowout with his best friend, pushed to the limit with Carl's obstinance (coupled with a dream depicting dying alone and having his face eaten by bugs) Carl decides to choose life and attends a self-help seminar led by Terrence Bundley (played by Terence Stamp). Bundley, an oddly effective combination of Tony Robbins, Mr. Miyagi and Robert McKee uses a delicate blend of emotional blackmail and mild hypnotism to convince Carl to, you guessed it, answer in the affirmative when his initial response would've been the negative.
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