Filmmakers Chris Smith and Sarah Price (the production team behind American Movie) direct the bizarre documentary The Yes Men. The film follows Andy and Mike, two regular guys who pretended to be corporate bigwigs in order to expose powerful corporate evil doing and have a bit of fun in the process. In 1999, they created a parody of the World Trade Organization website that mocked the harshest ideas about globalization. However humorous its intent, the website earned them invitations to important business trade meetings around the world. Companies and organizations actually thought they were the real WTO. Andy and Mike played along, impersonating despicable executives in order to publicly humiliate them. The guys refer to their pranks as "identity correction." The Yes Men premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and was shown as part of a special screening at the2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
This is an amatuerish documentary by a group of anti-WTO pranksters. I looked at this film from two views. As a film buff and as a "concerned citizen". It's OK if you like their goals but pretty lame otherwise. Like the election "dirty tricks" guerillas, these guys try to effect results by deception, often parodying the WTO in public fora. Some of their efforts are funny, but the presentation they offer shows they are never sure where the humor is. If you are a supporter of their efforts, this might appeal to you. As a plain movie goer, it is hard to watch. Bad camera work, weak editing and a lack of direction mean the story is hard to follow. This is just a couple guys with a video camera ... I can't recommend this for the average viewer. An example of "What NOT to do" if you are a film student.
This documentary follows "The Yes Men," a group of activists that are trying to undermind the WTO. They are serious about their cause but act ridiculous trying to portray it. In that way, the movie has some funny parts to it, but comedy gets in the way of whatever message they are trying to get out by releasing this movie or them performing their various antics.
What I got out of their cause was let's pretend we're part of the WTO, disrupt meetings, make fun of the WTO, and bask in the glow of the press (media whores.) Where in all this is their message? It's not there and thus, the movie is weak. To me this is nothing more than protestors lining the streets of Seattle (I was there, not as a protestor) yelling and spitting at cops. It accomplishes nothing.