Director: Miguel Arteta
Yes Day is a pretty solid, family-friendly movie
What Happens in Yes Day?
After saying no for quite a few years to her children, Allison is shown that her kids are beginning to resent her for being too strict. While leaving her kid’s parent-teacher conferences, Allison and her husband Carlos are made aware of something called a Yes Day, which is a day when parents say yes to everything their kids want (with some ground rules) for 24 hours. Deciding that’s what her family needs Allison and Carlos decide to let their kids have a Yes Day. What ensues is a series of hijinks and a fun family adventure.
Who Are The Characters in Yes Day?
Yes Day features a family of five: Allison, the mother, Carlos, the father, Katie, the oldest sibling, Nando, the middle child, and Ellie, the youngest. Before children, Allison and Carlos always seized every opportunity with a ‘yes’. However, after the birth of their children, Allison hardened her views to ensure the survival of her children. While Allison is off being the ‘bad cop’, Carlos is able to become the fun dad. Katie is a fourteen-year-old girl who years for independence and has a talent for writing haikus. Nando is eleven and is interested in sciences and catalysts. Ellie is the youngest and just tries to have fun.
Yes Day Review
Yes Day is a pretty enjoyable movie that will be a hit with younger audiences. With a funny plotline, some pretty decent characters, and a bunch of cringey moments, this movie is fun to watch. It brings a lot of aspects we have come to expect from the genre, but it is still a good movie.
With Yes Day being a children’s movie, the plot is very straightforward. Although it is very predictable and kind of thin, the writing allows for the enjoyment of scenes you know are coming.
Let’s be honest, If you are looking for a strong, surprising plot line you are in the wrong genre of movie.
Anyway, I thought the way the comedy was written was great, and the emotional ups and downs really added to the movie. The dialogue isn’t great, and it feels sloppy at times, but nothing that takes away from the scenes. The plot is okay, but I really enjoyed the characters.
From top to bottom, these characters are great. With it being an hour and a half, most of these characters fit into an archetype. That being said, they also have their own quirks and characteristics that create a very funny dynamic between characters.
We do see some pretty solid character development, but for the most part, the characters find their box and stay in it. Per usual, we get some very funny side characters that show up in a variety of different scenes, some without rhyme or reason, and add to the situational irony. It works well for this movie, and the side characters were some of the best characters in this entire movie.
Yes Day is a pretty solid, goofy movie that earns a thumbs-up from me. The characters are lovable, almost everyone can relate to at least one, and the plot makes you think a little bit about what a Yes Day would be like in your family. While it isn’t quite a Disney-quality family film, and I still think Raya and The Last Dragon is a much better watch, it does cross off a few boxes and would be a fun evening watch!