Writers: David Heyman,Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul
From a book by Danny Wallace
Director: Peyton Reed
Publisher: Warner Home Video 2009
Media Type: Movie
Interest Level: 8th grade to Adult
Grade level: 9th to Adult
Reader's annotation: Carl Allen stuck in a rut is pressured into committing to say “yes” to everything that is asked of him, regardless of the consequences. And some of them can lead you to places you never expected to go.
Summary: A Dramatic Comedy about a man who has spent the previous three years of his life saying no to everything has now made a huge turnaround in his life. Sworn to a covenant in a local seminar on making your life more exciting, the main character Carl (Jim Carrey) is forced to say yes to every opportunity that comes his way, from middle eastern dating ads to giving a hobo a ride to a park. On his journey with the hobo he runs out of gas and has to walk to a gas station where he meets a girl that he soon falls in love with and has many adventures with throughout the story.
Evaluation: A witty, dramatic comedy full of twists and turns. You're always laughing when you watch it, no matter how serious it gets, Jim Carrey always seems to squeeze in a pun to lighten the mood. In all its laughs, it does get serious towards the end and has a good message for us all.
- I grew up outside of Boston, went to college in western MA and lived in NYC dancing for several years before getting my teaching credentials and unintentionally moving to Santa Cruz CA. Married and divorced with two kids almost grown, a daughter in college and a son in high school, I am thrilled to be a librarian now, something that I should have done years ago. I love the applications of technology and realize that I have been interested in that since my first computer class back in 1986 - a new requirement for teaching degrees. Finally I can combine my love of curriculum, educational resources, working with adults and children, and technology applications.