Movies that make a home in the “for kids” row aren’t something I tend to lean into. However, once in a while, like a good animated movie, I like to sit down and watch something silly without having to THINK about anything. One such allergy plagued night called for just this along with a chocolate peanut butter cup.
Yes Day (2020) Film Review
Once upon a time, Allison (Jennifer Garner) was a daredevil and someone to say “YES” to everything. Then, she fell in love and she finally has a partner with whom to do exciting things. But then they marry and their three kids make them parents. Now, Allison is THE parent who says no… a lot. Specifically to her 14-year-old daughter Katie (Jenna Ortega), Allison has a big “no” to issue when Katie wants to attend an outdoor, wild concert. Obviously this makes Katie mad.
After a parent teacher conference, Allison learns that her two older children think she’s a dictator while dad Carlos (Edgar Ramirez) is the fun one. This inspires the desperate parents to allow a trendy “yes day” where they have to say yes (with a few ground rules) to everything! What could go wrong?
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This is one of those movies that ends up better than I give it initial credit for. It’s actually pretty cute and surprisingly, doesn’t really skimp on the parents being parents when all comes to its end. If there’s one thing I do think is GLARINGLY dangerous and wrong, it’s the implication (by adults) that Allison isn’t a good mother. This is certainly not true. Katie’s reckless attitude is also not the best, however I give her a bit of leeway (at fourteen) because she’s a bag of shifting emotions.
Overall, Yes Day is mostly fun. Sure there’s some things I wish were different or that they would play out differently, but it has some good moments and really cute scenes. Everything is basically building around family and it’s lovely to see Jennifer Garner in a role again. If you enjoy hijinks type movies that remain clean, you may find this one tickles the funny bone.
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Content: there’s nothing much to say except for the disrespect of the kids. They create things that suggest their mother is a “Nazi,” and they disrespect their parents in more ways than one. There’s a minor rude/crude remark here or there. The film is PG.