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The Yes Men Review

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by AVForums Jun 1, 2005 at 12:00 AM

    The Yes Men Review
    The Yes Men, part documentary, part satire, is based upon a simple concept. Take a dose of Michael Moore's political viewpoint, mix with an Ali G type audacity and you're part of the way there. What they originally did was spoof websites of powerful individuals (George “Dubbya” Bush) or organisations (WTO) and slightly twist the original sites but being more open and honest about the subjects, such as Bush and his drug taking past or the WTO practically vetoing sweatshops. The upside of this is that serious organisations would visit these websites thinking they were the real McCoy and offer invitations for speaking at conferences. This would prove to be rather tempting for the satirists, who therefore, made appearances but were much more open in their depiction of the WTO (whom is the target organisation in this film), by effectively telling “the truth” in a much more open and less politically correct manner, for example by effectively stating openly that the third world countries are treated terribly by large powerful organisations and really hammering the point home by effectively endorsing it.

    I guess it depends either on your sense of humour or your political leanings if you either like this of find it funny. Personally, I appreciate the political stance, but not the execution, preferring Moore's tactics in his movies, rather than the sight of a gold Lycra clad man with a phallic symbol. That's not to say I'm not sympathetic to their motivation - I think that if the truth is how they portray it (which it most likely is) then it's a rather sad world we live in. I just don't think their antics are funny. When Michael Moore talked to Terry McVeigh and directly asked him questions and receiving unbelievable responses, that was funny in a “What the.......?” kind of manner. When he spoke to members of congress in an attempt to recruit their children to fight in Iraq, that was funny in a scary manner, because everyone EXCEPT their family was acceptable to be cannon fodder. But here, as mentioned with the Lycra, or indeed with the other demonstrations, it didn't really work for me. I'm sure others would find this more amusing than Moore's movies but that's humour - one man's Python is another mans Jim Davidson (I'm a Python man myself!). Kudos for the effort and the political motivation and as interesting it is to watch, it just didn't elicit a reaction from me. Oh well, maybe the next time?