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THE YES MEN
USA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distribution
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno (The Yes Men)
Directors: Dan Ollman, Chris Smith, Sarah Price
USA: 83 mins
UK: 80 mins
USA Rated: R for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 24 September 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 18 February 2005
THE YES MEN is a biting and revelatory documentary directed by the filmmaking team behind the acclaimed Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner AMERICAN MOVIE.
THE YES MEN follows The Yes Men, a couple of anti-corporate activist-pranksters as they impersonate World Trade Organization spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world.
The story begins with Andy and Mike setting up a spoof website modelled on that of the WTO. Some visitors don't notice the site is a fake, and send e-mail invitations meant for the real thing. Mike and Andy gleefully play along with the ruse and find themselves attending important functions as official WTO representatives.
Delighted to speak as the organization they oppose, Andy and Mike don second-hand suits and set out to shock their unwitting audiences with outrageous, darkly comic satires on global free trade. Weirdly, the experts don't notice the joke and seem to agree with whatever appalling idea the duo manage to come up with.
Exhausted by their failed attempts to shock, Mike and Andy alter their strategy completely, and take a radical new approach for one devastating final lecture.
The film contains exclusive interview footage with supporters and activists including Michael Moore.