The Closer: Season 3


Yes Man

Music By: Eels & Munchausen By Proxy (featuring Zooey Deschanel & Von Iva)

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Yes Man is a comedy based on the 2005 memoir, The Yes Man, written by British comedian Danny Wallace.  In the film, Jim Carrey portrays Carl Allen, a middle-aged divorcee working as a junior bank loan officer.  His life is stymied by his need to avoid his ex-wife at all costs.  He is doomed to spend his life watching DVDs alone in his apartment until he meets up with an old co-worker who has undergone a remarkable change.  Noting how Carl has been living, the former co-worker decides to let him in on the secret of his transformation by taking him to a motivational seminar.  Carl makes a pact with himself that he will stop be a “No Man” and say “Yes” at every possible opportunity.  What follows is a hysterical adventure that comedian Jim Carrey is more than qualified to take his viewers on.

            The soundtrack of Yes Man consists of thirteen tracks – nine by the Eels and four by Munchausen By Proxy featuring Zooey Deschanel and Von Iva.  Eels is an American rock band formed by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, otherwise know as E.  The lead singer’s vocals remind me of the gravelly rock sound of John Cafferty.  The lyrics of each song by Eels are rather poignant and heartfelt.  Bus Stop Boxer perfectly describes Carl Allen’s life prior to becoming a Yes Man.  To Lick Your Boots reminds us not to listen to what others say because: “People spend their days / Trying to find new ways / To put you down all over town / But they're not fit / To lick your boots.”  There are a couple of love songs in the mix as well.  Listening to Eels’ portion of the soundtrack was soothing and enjoyable.

            That brings me to the Munchausen By Proxy section.  As you may or may not know, Munchausen By Proxy is a condition involving the exaggeration or complete fabrication of illness by a primary caretaker (most often a parent).  In Yes Man, Munchausen By Proxy is the fictional band fronted by Allison (Zooey Deshanel), a woman Carl meets on his Yes Man journey.  The music, which is rather fun, is supplied by a real San Francisco-based female band known as Von Iva.  However, the lyrics are rather angry and not vocalized very well.  It’s especially disturbing when the lead singer burst out into an angry diatribe like in the song Sweet Ballad, which is anything but.

            The Yes Man Soundtrack left me with mixed feelings.  I know this movie is a comedy, so why are the majority of the songs so serious.  I can actually understand the Munchausen By Proxy songs being included as they probably add comedy to the film, but the songs by Eels are anything but comedic.  And yet, I must say that I enjoyed the songs by Eels immensely and could do without listening to those by Munchausen By Proxy.  In fact, if you were to ask me, I would say that you should listen to the first nine songs of the Yes Man Soundtrack and skip the last four – you won’t be missing anything and may enjoy the album that much more.


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