“Yes Day” encourages parents to relax and have fun

By Brenda De La Cruz

LOOSEN UP– Edgar Ramirez (left), Jennifer Garner (right) star as parents who usually say no, but have to say yes for a day.

“Yes Day” brings its audiences a feel-good, inspirational vibe that will make viewers laugh and bring them to tears all in the same 86-minute timeframe. 

 The film centers around two parents who are known by their kids to notoriously say ‘no’ to everything. 

The mom, played by Jennifer Garner, is shown to have been a fun person before having her kids. 

Her husband, played by Edgar Ramirez, was also a fun individual but has now become the ‘no’ guy, even at work with his employees. 

The parents decide to place a bet against their three children, claiming they can say ‘yes’ to everything for 24 hours or else the kids win bragging rights. 

 Once ‘Yes Day’ commences, so do comedic situations they all seem to get themselves into. 

The film follows the family on a day-filled adventure where the kids get to plan out chaotic events for the parents to participate in. 

If the parents say no to anything before the 24 hours are up, they lose the bet. 

 The message being sent to viewers is one of love and a light is shined on the relationship ups and downs of parents and their kids. 

Many families can possibly relate to the characters and dilemmas that take place in “Yes Day” as many parent-children relationships tend to have their kinks to work out.

 The performances by Garner and Ramirez are great. 

Their chemistry as husband and wife is possibly overshadowed by their other roles as parents in the movie. Ramirez, known for films such as 2015’s “Point break” and “Deliver us from evil,” is placed in hilarious situations, while Garner is mostly seen dealing with friction between her and their eldest daughter, played by Jenna Ortega. Ortega is known for her roles in the TV show “You” as Ellie, and the voice of Princess Isabel in “Elena of Avalor.”  Garner is known for her role as Sydney Bristow in “Alias,” and films such as “Daredevil” and “13 going on 30.”

 The film has a similar theme like 2008’s “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey, who similar to “Yes Day” plays a character who has to say ‘yes’ to everything. 

Ultimately, “Yes Day” is a great film to watch with the family that’s sure to bring you to tears, either from laughing or crying happy tears.

 “Yes Day” is directed by Miguel Arteta, who also directed “Like a boss,” “Beatriz at dinner” and “Duck butter.” 

The film is rated PG for some rude and suggestive material, and brief language. It was released on March 12 and is now available to watch on Netflix.

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