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The Yes Men Fix the World

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A wickedly fun skewering of corporate greed, THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is the true story of two conscientious mischief-makers who pose as the representatives of companies they despise. In this wonderfully therapeutic film, Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno impose cosmic (and comic) justice by any means necessary.

To a television audience of 300 million, Andy (posing as a Dow Chemicals spokesman) announces that Dow will finally compensate the victims of the Bhopal disaster, causing the company s stock to instantly plunge by $2 billion. At an oil industry conference, the Yes Men introduce a wonderful new Exxon miracle fuel made from the bodies of global warming losers.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD 'shines with a raw wit and originality' (Newsweek) as it fearlessly follows the twisted logic of corporate capitalism to its absurd conclusion, exposing the hilarious absurdities and ironies of an economic system that ruthlessly rules the planet.

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Part performance art, part political activism, the feats that the Yes Men pull off in their second DVD release, The Yes Men Fix the World, are meant to humorously enlighten their audience about corporate greed and stupidity. While their skits take pontificating from a soapbox to a whole new level, duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno have a self-deprecating, analytical side that makes their approach slightly less threatening and didactic than that of Michael Moore, the director-activist they bear comparison with. As in Moore's documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, the Yes Men here also critique what they call the "free-market cult" of businessmen who value the dollar over human life. In their documentary-style film, they chronicle the challenges, successes, and failures of impersonating high-level executives to mockingly infiltrate conservative systems. The film opens with the Yes Men posing as DOW representatives appearing on the BBC to falsely announce that DOW will pay millions in retributions to comfort Indian civilians following an industrial disaster in Bhopal. Next, they sneak into a petroleum-industry conference as Exxon reps introducing candles made of rendered human flesh as alternative fuel sources. To save wealthy future hurricane victims, they fake a meeting in post-Katrina New Orleans to model ridiculous balloon suits for emergency victims and then pose as HUD members announcing that homeless evicted citizens are welcome back into their boarded-up homes. Humor ensues when businessmen accept their proposals de facto, with no questions or sense of the absurd. For each performance, the Yes Men prep, research, and build elaborate presentations, and best, they ready themselves for press that comes after they're exposed as fakes. Their practice is moralistic and controversial, but they feel it is effective for exposing corruption to enact real change. While the film does focus on the Yes Men and their performances, they have ample documentary footage interviewing citizens reacting to their activism. For the most part, rather than taking offense, people understand and band together, illustrating how the Yes Men's desire to work for the common good is rewarded with real human connection. --Trinie Dalton

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  • Actors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
  • Directors: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZTQVEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Yes Men Fix the World" on IMDb

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its so good.
theyre nervy and poised and quick on their feet and my idols.
but the amazingness is in peoples' reactions to them. a freakin' case study in human psychology.
both really uplifting and quite sad too, but (like the daily show) at least the sad is sugarcoated with hilarity.
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These Yes Men are courageous, perhaps the most important ingredient, for any budding, if not seasoned social activist. If a person wants to be "serious" activist and is seriously committed to saving the world so to speak, he or she must also know how to laugh, play an honest prank every now and then, or plain language know how to have a good time. A highlight of the film is when the Yes Men go on television as I recall, as a CEO for Union Carbide, promising to adequately pay up to the victims of the terrible , Bhopal incident in the 1980's where thousands died and Union Carbide insisted on blaming the incident on an inept worker. Immediately, thereafter, the stock plummeted, one of many illustrations that a profit oriented society obviously puts greed before human need. They get the facts right out there and hopefully people will see that greed is not good.
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An admirer of activist-pranksters the Yes Men, I took high hopes to their 2003 eponymous documentary and despite several amusing scenes, the film's erratic pace left me let down. However, with their 2010 follow-up film THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, the Yes Men - Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano - seem to have learned as much about making movies as they know about fooling corporations and the media. THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD shows the Yes Men are still going strong with raising awareness in their unique, funny style, but we also see Bichlbaum and Bonnano are now well up to speed when it comes to presenting their work to the movie viewing public.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD follows Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano through five stunts and at times we feel as nervous as they must as a gag commences. All the tricks they pull amuse and educate, the biggest Bichlbaum posing as a Dow Chemical spokesperson who announces, via a worldwide B.B.C. NEWS telecast, that the company would spend $12 billion to compensate victims of the 1984 Bhopal pesticide plant catastrophe, which was caused by the company Dow had later purchased, Union Carbide.

The gag I like best wraps up THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, where they publish a fake NEW YORK TIMES with news so fit to print, it isn't true. Stories include immediate, complete United States withdrawal from Iraq; a maximum wage for corporate executives; and the indictment of George W. Bush for high treason. The print edition is a collector's item but you can find the on-line Yes Men NEW YORK TIMES via exact phrase search "The Yes Men" and all the words "New York Times."

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I watched this movie on the plane to Toronto from Seattle and was absolutely enthralled by the actors and the plot. So simple yet so very deep. Within the first few minutes I was lost in the art of the film and the lack of pretense in the actors. Everything is so real- you can feel the heat and the dust of the streets and the warmth and the chill of the people in the city. I reccommmend this film to anyone and everyone.
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I saw this movie at the 2008 Indianapolis Heartland Film Festival and was immediately taken by it. At one level it is the story of an Indian autorickshaw driver who finds independence and love. At another it is a mystery (who is killing these people and will the real heir be found?). It is also about human misunderstandings (why give an illiterate man a letter to read?), but finally it is about fate. A beautiful film with real Bollywood stars. I bought a copy for a friend.
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Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are the Yes Men. They pose as corporate big shots and do outrageous things in the name of corporate entities. Dow Chemical agrees to compensate the victims of the Bhopal disaster, Exxon introduces a new miracle fuel with a poetic relationship to Soylent Green, Halliburton launches a protective suit that turns people into beach balls, and HUD agrees to open all the housing in New Orleans they closed without justification. Finally, a special issue of the New York Times, dated six months in the future, is full of good news.

Some would say they are cruel, but those directly involved (in Bhopal, in New Orleans) say that their hoaxes brought needed attention to their problems, and they are grateful.

In the meantime, both the Yes Men and their audience are having a lot of creative fun.
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While not their first film, it is activism at it's finest and most pointed. Watch this now. I am in awe of what these men are willing to do. You will be, too.
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The Yes Men are back, pulling pranks not for the sake or pranking someone, but with some very real import! They pose in the media as representatives of Dow Chemical, who bought out Union Carbide, and pledge to pay reparations to the victims and an extreme loss to the company, and then it is on! When they are recognized in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, they try to do some fast talking to maintain their cover. The whole time I watch the Yes Men, I am berating myself for not having that kind of courage, but I am sure glad that they do! I use this and their first video in my class on Culture Jamming and have used it in the past in media classes and they always goes over very well. They provide an excellent example of how to use the mainstream media to get your point across.
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