I particularly enjoyed this movie, and really admired the bravery and gusto with which the yes men completed their various endeavors to fight injustice in big corporations. I think that the most successful aspect of this documentary was how just plain shocking and exciting it was to watch, the audience was drawn in by the sheer ridiculousness of the various situations, forcing the viewers to recognize the ridiculousness of the injustice these corporations were and still are propagating.
This movie I think has the same essence of the show, which is no longer running, called The Buried Life. This MTV show has the same kind of feel, even if it is on a much smaller scale. The premise is relatively simple, four guys in their early twenties make a list of 100 relatively outrageous things they want to do before they die, and for every item on their list they accomplish, they help another person cross an item off of their list. The resulting feeling is similar of that created by Yes Men, young guys breaking the rules in an exciting way, as well as helping others, bringing preverbal “justice” to various situations. I think this style of show or movie is really successful and shocking, the entertainment value is extremely high in both cases, drawing readers back for more. But I do think that the audience must ask, pushing aside entertainment, how successful these feel good movies/programs really are. Or maybe the important part is simply viewership, not the actual difference made, but educating the audience.