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The Yes Men (2005)

Andreas Bichlbauer , Mike Bonanno , Chris Smith , Dan Ollman  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andreas Bichlbauer, Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore, Marco Deseriis
  • Directors: Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price
  • Producers: Chris Smith, Sarah Price, Doug Ruschhaupt, Randy Russell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006N2DSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Yes Men" on IMDb

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  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio commentary from the filmmakers
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

With poker-faced impersonation as their weapon, and World Trade Organization officials as their target, the Yes Men pull off one bold prank after another in an effort to raise political consciousness. And when their outrageous stunts are actually swallowed, hook, line and sinker the Yes Men must up the satirical ante and push the art of public spectacle to hilarious new heights!

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny April 18, 2006
i don't understand a lot of the criticism of the yes men by other reviewers. i mean, all the right-wing reviews are to be expected ("flaming" is what amazon's user reviews are all about isn't it?!). so, obviously, that's a given.

but all the 2 and 3 star people who were like "i didn't find it funny" and "too much talking" and what not, that's what i don't get.

i found the movie terribly funny. even the benign banter whilst driving around or prepping i found funny. but the scene where they present in "the suit"... man, i was almost crying it was so funny.

and as for the "what's the point!?" criticisms, all i can say is: by that logic, what's the point of anything? i mean, what do you want? it's a movie? the best it can hope for is to inspire the viewer. in this case either to act, or to possibly feel like there is a little bit of hope in the world since the only audience to challenge their right-wing, lassie fare, free-unmitigated-trade-to-the-max insanity are the college kids (aka the future policy makers), and because the one time they present the more positive ideas of the left, their audience of economists (who you'd expect to hate it) all express such joy at someone finally taking a stand for what they know to be right, but never get to talk about. if this is the gauge by which you judge success or failure of what a film should do, i think it succeeds admirably.

in short, i thought the yes men was very funny. on netflix (where *accurate* star ratings are helpful, not silly ones, like in this venue), i gave it 4 stars. i gave it 5 here because i want to try to offset some of the 1 star people.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Hilarious June 5, 2005
Fair warning: This is a movie made by liberals, and will likely be enjoyed more by left leaning individuals.

I went to see this documentary after seeing an exhibit at MASSMOCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) entitled, "Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere", at which I saw first hand the famous gold lame leisure suit.

The film takes you on a journey into the filmmakers' 'image correction' involvation hilarious, clever, and bizarre impersonations and stunts. The Yes Men are most famous for their impersonation of and eventual staged disbanding of the WTO. They attend a conference in Finland as representatives from the organization and also appear on MSNBC Europe.

These guys have balls, and aren't afraid to stir things up. I laughed so hard my sides hurt. Come on... They use the names, "Granwyth Hulatberi" and "Hany Hardy Unruh".

I highly recommend this movie, especially to anyone critical of big business, immoral/faceless corporations, and anyone who likes practical jokes. I've heard The Yes Men called the socially conscious version of MTV's Jackass, and that may not be far off base.

You'll laugh in admiration.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terribly funny December 17, 2004
I had the immense pleasure of seeing "The Yes Men" in the theater a couple of months ago. The entire premise of the film revolves around a group of pranksters called The Yes Men who travels around the world impersonating members of the World Trade Organization. What started out as a practical joke quickly evolved into satire. Andy and Mike are the two main individuals who formulate and execute their practical jokes. Andy and Mike are definitely not for globalization and free trade. The whole joke begins when The Yes Men creates a website that basically looks like the WTO's website, not thinking that they would be taken remotely seriously. What happens from there all snowballs and quickly becomes a long-running Punk'd segment. It is non-stop laughs when Andy and Dick lectures at a university on the idea of recycling food in third world countries. That was probably my most personal favorite segment of the film. The college students' reactions were absolutely funny. The first segment where the pair travels to Europe and Andy dons on a gold suit with a huge phallus-looking device was equally funny. I enjoyed "The Yes Men" and the film reaffirms my idealogies on globalization and free trade. We need more people like The Yes Men to throw a monkey wrench into globalization and the WTO.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes Men is a Missed Opportunity December 7, 2005
Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum star in this documentary as the "Yes Men"- two political activists who impersonate members of the World Trade Organization and proceed to go on television news shows and present lectures to audiences of intellectuals and students about this organization. They get the idea after setting up a web site that is very similar to the actual WTO web site. So similar is the site, in fact, that the two men start to get speaking engagement offers from official organizations who mistake them for actual WTO members.

Mike and Andy decide this is a great opportunity to expose the WTO and all its economic wrongs. They go to these speaking halls and make television appearances where they continue to pretend they are WTO spokesmen, while satirically attacking the group they represent by telling, point blank, what this organization is all about in their eyes: A group that exploits poorer nations for the benefit of wealthier countries. They score a couple of hits in their efforts, but most of their success comes in the humor department. When it comes to educational value, this documentary misses the mark. And that is a real shame because a documentary such as this one would have presented an excellent opportunity to explain the many wrongs of the WTO.

Instead of presenting the cold, hard facts about the WTO and why it is supposedly so bad for the world economy, this documentary focuses too much on being funny and in doing so, it loses some credibility. As far as the humor goes, there are some funny moments, particularly the scene where one of the "Yes Men" is on a news program with other men giving his take on world economic policy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Justin Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Good Movie that many Liberals will like!
It is a Film that makes fun at George Bush and the World Trade Center,
a guy dresses up in a suit that looks like a giant gold Penis and totally
blows away his audieance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars the yes man
this was a CLASSIC. It was a while since I saw it, but all I have to say is these guys have Kahunas and Kourage. I like the beginning comment by Michael Moore
Published 9 months ago by Deni
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
All should see this movie. Entertaining and educating at the same time. We enjoyed it! Worthy of a college political science class.
Published 21 months ago by JP
3.0 out of 5 stars THE MOVIE IS FANTASTIC
The movie is fabulous but if you don't have cable and you have just normal DSL it cuts out quite a bit. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sher
2.0 out of 5 stars Two and a half for an interesting idea...
I don't know. The purpose of this movie is to raise awareness about political exploitation of third world countries. I'm not sure it comes across that way. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tnahpellee
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Creative Political Action
The story told is funny, but the production values leave a lot to be desired. So, it's a low-budget documentary and cannot be expected to run as smoothly as a more polished... Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
1.0 out of 5 stars Far too many positive reviews
Ok, I got this film because a friend recommended it, saying that these guys go around pretending to be executives from major corporations and then take responsibility for their... Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Mourner
1.0 out of 5 stars No Impact!
These people just go too far with scatological imagery. There are few people who could view this DVD without being repulsed by their tasteless and vulgar presentation. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by Science Minded
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant deadpan satire
This has to be one of the funniest movies I have seen in ages. As the result of a satiric website the "Yes Men" started to protest the policies of the World Trade Organization - a... Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
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