Jim Carrey plays the main character Carl Allen in the 2008 comedy “Yes Man” and contributes to the film by driving the main plot. In the movie, Allen is a bank loan officer who has become withdrawn since his divorce. He avoids his friends and spends most of his time saying no to everything, until he attends a seminar. The seminar encourages Allen to say yes whenever possible, which allows him to begin a new relationship and encounter various situations.
During the film, Allen continues to embrace every opportunity by saying yes until he finally decides to say no. Allen’s luck begins to turn once he ends his yes commitment, causing him to go back to the seminar looking for answers. Allen meets with the seminar’s motivational speaker, who explains to Allen that the seminar is simply a way to open his mind to other opportunities.
“Yes Man” is based on a book written by Danny Wallace and became a box office success in 2008. The film debuted at No. 1 in its opening weekend in both the United States and United Kingdom. Despite its success, many critics mentioned the plot of the film was too similar to another Carrey comedy vehicle, 1997's “Liar Liar”.