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The Yes Men (DVD)

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“Not quite the calibre of one of Michael Moore’s bold plights – Moore himself makes an appearance in the film, by the way – but still, “The Yes Men” is an enjoyable, sometimes shocking – in the fact that these guys go to so much trouble to keep the ruse alive – flick. Worth a look” – Clint Morris


The Yes Men

Mike Bonnano, Andy Bichlbaum

If you’re at least a little more confident about attending that fancy dress party you’ve been invited to – and have been indecisive about going to it because of trepidation of attire or lack of a good costume, plus the confidence to wear it – after sitting through “The Yes Men”, then the film’s succeeded in something. They may have also liked you to join their anti-WTO group and start flying the flag for what they’re trying to do here, but unfortunately the ringmasters don’t quite have the wiles of Michael Moore to entice you into signing anything. Still, this taking-the-Mickey-out-of-politics documentary is still very entertaining, and by golly, if you aren’t applauding some of the headliners actions.

“The Yes Men” are a couple of gutsy pranksters who – inadvertently, because people have mistaken their similar-looking satirical site for the WTO website – pose as reps of the World Trade Organization and start turning up at forums and lectures, where they proceed to give the most outrageous talks ever – playing it, of course, as serious as cancer.

It’s amusing to watch audiences sit and swallow their speeches : everything from upping slavery to giving electric shocks to those in sweatshops to get them working faster, recycling McDonald’s hamburgers (via human poop) and ultimately, their idea for a new casual work-suit, complete with a wally-esque appendage that can help a boss keep an eye on their employers, no matter where he is.

Not quite the calibre of one of Michael Moore’s bold plights – Moore himself makes an appearance in the film, by the way – but still, “The Yes Men” is an enjoyable, sometimes shocking – in the fact that these guys go to so much trouble to keep the ruse alive – flick. Worth a look.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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