“Yes Day” was just the right amount of family fun

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Netflix’s “Yes Day” is a good movie for the family to watch and enjoy, without too much complicated plot developing needed.

Bridget Janis, Features Editor

Netflix’s new movie “Yes Day” is a great opportunity to sit down as a family and watch a movie that will put you in a good mood. 

Just by scrolling past this movie on Netflix, you can guess what it’s going to be about. The poster for it seems to be way cheesier than the actual film, but definitely gives off the right vibes.

The parents, Allison (Jennifer Garner) and Carlos Torres (Edgar Ramirez), grew up doing extreme things and only ever saying ‘yes’ to everything. But as soon as they had their own kids, all that went out the window and they ended up becoming a little uptight. 

Their three kids, Katie (Jenna Ortega), Evan (Julian Lerner) and Ellie (Everly Carganilla) are convinced that they have the most boring and stubborn parents in the world. So in hopes of building back up the fun in their family relationship, they all decide on doing a “yes day.”

For the yes day, the parents have to say yes to everything the kids want for the whole day. There are only a few rules, the request can’t be about something in the future and it can only be within 20 miles.

“Yes Day” carried a sincere family-oriented tone throughout the whole movie. The way the family bonded and how much fun the characters were having together is enough to bring a smile to anyone watching.

Every movie Garner plays a mom in just makes sense. It is such a fitting role for her. Just like in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” she was simply born to play the mother role in these heartfelt films.

The jokes in the movie don’t seem to be going out of their way to be funny, a naturally funny dialogue was used, which was played in favor of the film. The activities that were shown were harmless — except maybe the balloon fight/paintball/capture the flag game, or the filling the house for a foam party, but still those did look like a lot of fun. 

While the movie was fun to watch, I don’t think it is exactly memorable. It’s a very typical story line with the family coming together to have fun. It’s definitely something that’s been done before, but it is entertaining enough to keep you interested for the duration of the film.

Not every movie needs to be complicated with a bunch of plot twists and puzzle piece clues to put together. Sometimes, a movie can just be simple and fun, and that’s it. The heartfelt family sentiment in this movie lands, and ultimately that’s enough. 

The concept of the film made for a great family watch, it had my family and I laughing and joking around. We even started considering what our own version of the yes day would have looked like.

The movie was well done, not too cheesy, just the right amount of family fun that people can handle.

I think I might need a yes day for myself.

Rating: 4/5 stars