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'Yes Men' movie out in theatres this October

The Yes Men Fix The World (2009)
 
'The Yes Men Fix The World' movie poster. The film hits US theatres October 20, 2009.

The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two sly characters who together pull off some of the most elaborate and silly pranks. Their targets are big business firms and multinational organizations that appear to favor profits over everything else. One of their favorite ploys is creating a false website and responding to media inquiries for appearances on television or at events.

The "Yes Men Fix the World" is a hysterical political comedy that premiered in New York on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. The film’s official Web site indicates that the movie will open nationwide October 20, 2009. The film received standing applause at the Sundance Film Festival last January according to their Web site.

One of their pranks in the movie involves a famous appearance on the BBC World television program. Bichlbaum is interviewed live for several minutes as a Dow Chemical official who takes responsibility for a horrible catastrophe that really occurred in Bhopal, India, in 1984. Without breaking his cover, he successfully impersonates a Dow spokesperson and declares generous compensation will be given to the victims involved in the disaster.

The Yes Men are also famous for a fabricated New York Times newspaper that they distributed in 2009. The event, which was widely reported around the country, is also featured in the new film. The fictitious newspaper contains 14 pages of stories with the headline the "Iraq War Ends" on the front cover. The newspaper’s quality was astonishing to say the least.

The Yes Men’s new documentary consists of sophisticated hoaxes and ridiculous props that will impress anyone regardless of the politics involved. In the West there has been an upsurge in opposition to global capitalism in recent years. Democratic, large-scale movements that seek to influence economic policy dominated by elites are not limited to the Third World anymore. The Yes Men are clearly in favor of raising awareness about the adverse effects of global capitalism and corporate greed. Their absurd activism is also great humor.

The Yes Men (2004)

For more info: See the trailer at their Web site here. To purchase the fake NYT newspaper, 2004 film (picture directly above), "The Yes Men" book, or other gifts, go here.

Comments

  • Babs 4 years ago

    This seems like a good movie to see. You make it sound so interesting! I'd like to see some more of your reviews of political movies.

  • Mike 4 years ago

    I agree with you many regards however i feel the movie could be one interesting doc

  • Johan Beliegn 4 years ago

    From an economic point of view, the Civil War was the least profitable of all our wars, because the destruction of lives and property involved Americans on both sides. In our other wars, most of the lives and property belonged to foreigners. The war was fought to abolish slavery, but slavery would soon have faded away on its own, because it made no economic sense. Think how much it costs to support a slave.

    The involuntary servitude of imported labor, which is what slavery amounts to, has been replaced in our times by the much more efficient system of exporting jobs to countries that are poor to begin with, and thus have lower maintenance costs for labor. This "remote labor" is the natural alternative to slavery, and, as a bonus, there is no reason for the worker not to be free. Thus he is responsible for his own housing, feeding and medical care -- which can be at a cost level much lower than a slave owner could safely provide.

  • Kat 4 years ago

    Now I really want to see it!

  • Kelly 4 years ago

    Like the picture and the links. The newspaper link is awesome. Can't wait to read more!

  • Dave 4 years ago

    Looks awesome and will make it a true blockbuster night

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