Yes Day is a 2021 American family comedy film directed by Miguel Arteta, from a screenplay and screen story by Justin Malen, based upon the children's book of the same name by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. It stars Jennifer Garner, Édgar Ramírez, and Jenna Ortega.

Yes Day
Official release poster
Directed byMiguel Arteta
Screenplay byJustin Malen
Story byJustin Malen
Based onYes Day
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Tom Lichtenheld
Produced by
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited byJay Deuby
Music byMichael Andrews
  • Grey Matter Productions
  • Entertainment 360
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • March 12, 2021 (2021-03-12)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The movie was released on March 12, 2021 on Netflix. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the acting (particularly that of Ortega) but criticized its writing and humor. At the 2021 Imagen Awards, Ortega was nominated for Best Actress in a Feature Film.

Plot edit

Allison and Carlos Torres are married with three children: Katie, Nando, and Ellie. When they first met, they were adventurous and said yes to everything. However, once having children, they feel they must say no to protect them.

One evening, they are called into a parent-teacher conference at school where they discover Katie and Nando have both submitted homework calling their mom a dictator. Allison expresses frustration that her children perceive her this way and tells Carlos that she feels he makes her play the role of "bad cop" with their children. Mr. Deacon, a school employee, and father of six overhears and shares with them that he maintains order in his house by having a 'yes day' from time to time: one 24-hour period where the parents cannot say no, within reason.

Carlos and Allison present the idea to their family, telling them that if they don't get into trouble, do their chores, and keep their grades up, they can have a yes day as a reward. Katie makes a wager with Allison that if her mom makes it through Yes Day, Katie will go to the music festival Fleek Fest with her mother. If she doesn't make it, Katie will be allowed to go with a friend, Layla. The children eventually manage to earn a yes day and put together a list of five activities for the day. The first three are Ellie dressing her parents in crazy outfits and requests that they don't look at anything with a screen on it all day, ordering a massive $40 sundae that is free if they can eat it all in 30 minutes, that they successfully eat, going through a car wash with the windows down, and entering a capture the flag competition, where each family member leads a group; the goal is for one team to catch the others, throwing balloons filled with Kool-Aid at their opponents. Allison wins the game for her team, winning the children's approval. Carlos, however, is tempted to drop out of Yes Day, but ultimately decides he can't bear to disappoint his family.

The fourth event is a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. When Katie steps away, Allison sees texts on her daughter's phone from Layla indicating she and Katie will be hanging out with older boys at Fleekfest. Allison tells her that the wager is off and she's going to Fleekfest with her, not Layla. Hurt, Katie storms off. In an attempt to win a pink gorilla for Katie as an apology, Allison and Carlos get into a fight with another park-goer and are arrested. The children sneak away. Katie goes to Fleekfest with Layla but quickly becomes uncomfortable being alone with older boys, and her friend abandons her. Nando stages a "nerd party" at the house as the final big event, but it quickly gets out of control when Ellie accidentally sets off a foam explosion inside the house that was meant for the backyard. Meanwhile, Katie's phone dies while trying to contact her siblings and she panics. With help from H.E.R., who is performing at the event, Allison finds Katie and they reconcile. H.E.R. is moved and invites them on stage for a song. Carlos arrives home and finally manages to be a disciplinarian, forcing the party to stop and the children to help with the cleanup. As Yes Day draws to a close, Ellie makes one final request. They all spend the night playing games as a family in a tent in the backyard, until Nando's foam bomb (having been flushed down the toilet) starts to fill up the house.

In a mid-credits scene, the Torres family and other players pelt Mr. Deacon with Kool-Aid balloons at the Capture the Flag field as revenge for suggesting Yes Day in the first place.

Cast edit

Production edit

In September 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Garner had joined the cast of the film, with Miguel Arteta directing from a screenplay by Justin Malen, with Netflix distributing.[1] In October 2019, Jenna Ortega, Édgar Ramírez and Julian Lerner joined the cast of the film.[2][3] In April 2020, Megan Stott announced she had joined the cast of the film.[4]

Principal photography began in November 2019 in Los Angeles.[2][5]

The film features a number of songs, including a rendition of "Baby I Need Your Loving" by H.E.R., Garner, and Ortega. Other songs include "I'm a Gummy Bear", "Epic", and "Slide". The band Allah-Las also made a cameo while performing "Catamaran".[6][7]

Reception edit

Ratings edit

A week following the film's digital release on March 12, 2021,[8] Netflix reported the film had been watched by 53 million households.[9] A month later, in April 2021 the viewership increased to 62 million households.[10][11]

Critical response edit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film a has an approval rating of 50% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 5.10/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Yes Day fails to take full advantage of its wish-fulfillment premise, aiming for family fun but settling for harmlessly mediocre."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13]

Accolades edit

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2021 Imagen Awards Best Actress in a Feature Film Jenna Ortega Nominated [14]

Sequel edit

In July 2021, it was announced that a sequel was in development.[15]

References edit

  1. ^ Galuppo, Mia (September 12, 2018). "Netflix Lands Jennifer Garner Comedy 'Yes Day' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 13, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 10, 2019). "'Jane The Virgin's Jenna Ortega Joins Jennifer Garner Family Movie 'Yes Day'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 17, 2019). "Edgar Ramírez Says 'Yes' To Jennifer Garner Family Movie 'Yes Day'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Daniel (April 16, 2020). "Little Fires Everywhere's Megan Stott on the LGBTQ Importance of Izzy". The Advocate. Archived from the original on April 22, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Garner, Jennifer [@jennifer.garner] (November 18, 2019). "♥️ #YesDay @netflix , Day 1. ♥️". Retrieved May 26, 2020 – via Instagram.
  6. ^ Sorren, Martha (March 15, 2021). "The Yes Day Soundtrack Has Serious Range". Refinery29. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  7. ^ Hough, Quinn (March 16, 2021). "Every Song in Netflix's Yes Day Soundtrack". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 16, 2024.
  8. ^ Canfield, David (January 6, 2021). "EW's 2021 movie preview: 89 films we can't wait to see". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "Every Viewing Statistic Netflix Has Released So Far". What's on Netflix. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  10. ^ Gruedewel, Erik (20 April 2021). "Netflix: 'Outside the Wire' Streamed by 66 Million Subs in Q1 – Media Play News". Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick; McClintock, Pamela (2021-04-20). "'Lupin' Snatches Top Netflix Viewing Spot in First Quarter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  12. ^ "Yes Day (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  13. ^ "Yes Day Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  14. ^ Foundation, Imagen. "36th Annual Imagen Awards Nominations Announced". Imagen Foundation. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  15. ^ Grobar, Matt (July 28, 2020). "Jennifer Garner And Netflix Reteam For 'Yes Day' Sequel As Part Of New Multi-Picture Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2021.

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