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Yes Man by Danny Wallace
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Jan 20, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: comedy-and-humour

I am a bit saddened by all the appalling reviews that the movie Yes Man has been getting. I mean, I was a bit apprehensive when I heard that Jim Carrey was going to play the lead role... and that it was going to be set in America instead of Britain... and that they'd essentially written a whole new story... but, well, I wasn't really paying much attention at the time, so I remained optimistic.

But since it's come out, from what I hear it's more or less Liar, Liar reworked, and that's kind of depressing.

So anyway, instead of dwelling on that and complaining I thought I would counter the purported suckitude of this movie by recommending something that really is worth your time and money, which is the book Yes Man by British humourist Danny Wallace.

The basis for the movie, Yes Man is the true story of what happened when Danny took the words of a stranger on a bus - "say yes more" - to heart and for the next few months committed himself to saying yes to everything, where he once may have said no. This vow takes him across the globe. It leads him into meetings with conspiracy theorists who believe aliens built the pyramids. It causes him to poke a Buddhist monk on television. It prompts him to accept the heartfelt emailed plea of a Nigerian prince.

It's an hilariously funny story, filled with all sorts of silly hijinks that had me grinning from start to finish, but there's also a very sweet little message at its heart: Saying yes starts things. That one little word can draw you into all kinds of new opportunities, experiences and relationships. It can also get you into a lot of trouble if you're not careful, but mistakes, they're an experience in themselves. And more often than not, action is far more rewarding than inaction. Of course we don't have to be like Danny, throwing common sense to the wind and saying yes indiscriminately, but we could all take a little something from that mantra of his and say yes more.

Just not to Nigerian princes.
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