Netflix’ commitment to (at least) one original film per week in 2021 could keep movie fans going while cinemas are closed in the UK, but it wouldn’t always land on a winner

Enter Yes Day, the new family comedy based on the children’s book of the same name by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Inspired by the book, Jennifer Garner hosts an annual “Yes Day” with her kids and takes on the role of Allison in the Netflix movie she produced. Allison used to say yes to everything, and when she was Carlos ( Édgar Ramírez), who also said yes on every occasion, they met their perfect match

However, when the couple had children of their own, Allison instead began to say no the whole time. When Carlos takes on the role of “cool dad,” their kids get upset with Allison and all of her rules. Nat Faxon), from the concept of the “yes day”, in which they let their children decide everything for 24 hours

With applicable rules (e.g. B. if you stop asking for anything in the future, or at more than 20 miles away) Allison and Carlos have their kids set the rules for a day The stage is ready for an anarchic family comedy where everyone is likely to learn a valuable lesson, or? Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way in Yes Day

Yes, the day could be set on a day the kids make the rules, but the choices behind what actually happens seem disappointingly boring. You go for an ice cream challenge for breakfast, driving by with the windows down a car wash and going to a theme park (not even the kids’ choice as it turns out) it seems like a lack of ambition to you that extends to the entire movie

The humor feels dated and obvious (Carlos keeps getting hit in the Crown Jewels), with references to “fleek” and twerking that just make Yes Day seem like it was released a few years too late There’s nothing wrong with targeting the humor directly at younger viewers, but there are better current options (Over the Moon on Netflix and Flora & Ulysses on Disney, to name a few)

What’s worse is that Yes Day doesn’t even seem to fit its concept all-in and decides to stray from it a little more than halfway across it is an attempt to add emotional depth to the story lend, but it doesn’t feel deserved, and if the message actually turns out to be “parents were right,” it seems to be aimed at the wrong audience

It’s not really a cast mistake as Jennifer Garner puts on an energetic performance and Édgar Ramírez can pull off some physical comedy chops while the young cast members are fun and not irritating, but they all work from a script in which it is mostly lacking in laughter and not being committed to the concept

Yes the day is harmless and you’ve seen worse, but if there are better family options, you’d better say no

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