Grab the Popcorn: “Yes, Man”

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Yes, Man came out in 2008 and it is directed by Peyton Reed. I have only seen one other movie that is directed by Peyton Reed. That movie is Bring It On!, which happens to be one of my favorite movies. Yes, Man is a comedy/romance starring Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper. I was so excited to see that Bradley Cooper was in the movie because I think that he is so handsome with the prettiest blue eyes that I have ever seen. I was also happy that Jim Carrey was in the movie because he is outrageously funny.

The movie is about a guy, Carl Allen (Jim Carrey), who is a low self-esteem banker with no interesting future. He has been lonely because he still wants his ex-wife, Stephanie (Molly Sims). Carl has no social life in an effort to make sure he does not run into Stephanie. However, you would think that he would be over her since it has been three years since their divorce. He avoids his best friend in order to watch DVD rentals in his free time.

And here I thought that I didn’t have a social life. My social life triumphs Carl’s (ha ha!).

Carl’s life takes an unexpected turn when bumping into old high school friend, Nick (John Michael Higgins). Nick convinces Carl to attend a self-help seminar called “Yes Man,” that teaches the principle of saying “yes” to new situations instead of being pessimistic or indifferent to change. Taking the concept the wrong way, Carl challenges himself to say “yes” to every single thing for a whole year. His life takes a dramatic turn once he leaves and ends up helping a homeless guy and meeting a gorgeous girl, Allison (Zooey Deschanel), while getting gas.

I found this movie pretty interesting. I kept watching trying to see when he would give up the challenge of saying yes to every opportunity. There is absolutely no way I could say yes to everything, so I was very proud of Carl Allen. I found the movie to be very funny and I laughed through most of it. The ups and downs of the choices that Carl made after challenging himself to say “yes,” made me really think. I kept asking myself, “Would I do that?” and “Why did he just do that?” Mulitple times through the movie I would scream out loud, “Don’t do that! You’re going to embarrass yourself!”

I give this movie 8 out of 10 stars because it was very funny. The story line was interesting because it presented a challenge that most people would not be able to beat, nor would probably even try.

Let’s Review “The Beach House”

Title: The Beach House

Author: James Patterson

Genre: Crime, Suspense, Thriller

365 pages

The Beach House
GoodReads Summary:
Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons’ elite — and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter’s body is found on the beach. Jack knows the drowning was no accident, but someone’s unlimited power and money have bought the cops, the judges, the system. Now Jack is learning a lesson in justice he never got in law school … and his astonishing plan to beat the billionaires will have you reeling — and cheering — to the very last page.
My Thoughts:
This was the first book I have ever read by James Patterson and I absolutely loved it. I would love to read some of his other books. I would really like to read his Women’s Murder Club series. It sounds so interesting.

I instantly wanted to read this book as soon as read the summary. I am Paralegal Studies undergraduate and anything that has to do with crime or lawyers, I love to read. And this book definitely did not let me down, even though some of the practices used in this book would get a lawyer disbarred. It also showed how law officials can face many challenges when trying to bring to bring a victim’s killer to justice. I read this book in just 2 days because I just could not put it down without figuring out what was going to happen next. I did maintain the minimal necessities that humans need to survive, such as showering and eating. Everything else went completely ignored. I barely even answered the phone or texted unless I thought it might be very important. And that was a complete shocker to everyone because I always have my phone in my hand.

Back on topic. Jack was so clever and every time I thought that Jack was not going succeed, he would prove me otherwise. However, the way he finds justice for his brother was very interesting. I have never seen it done (or should I say, read it done) how it was done in this book. It was interesting seeing Jack change through the course of the story. Patterson definitely shows the pros and cons of blackmailing and extortion, the extremities you have to go through to get justice, and the things that could get lost in the process when you’re stuck on one thing.

All I could think about was how I would feel if one of my brothers were killed. I was glad that Jack was smart enough to not believe the details that he was first told about his brother’s death. When he set out to get justice for his brother on his own, I thought to myself “That’s exactly what I would do.” However, I do not think that I would have been able to come up with some of the ideas that Jack came up with.

I loved the way the story began because you already knew what had happened to Peter. The only thing left out was who did it. I was so used to books saying that someone died and then going through how the person died before ever even getting to who did it. This book was like watching an episode of Law & Order. We already know how he died, we just don’t by who and why.

My Rating:
I give this book 5 stars because it is definitely a page-turner and actually made me put my phone down for a long period of time.