Yes Day review – a “does what it says on the tin” family comedy Warning: never let your kids have this day. Never.

March 12, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Film Reviews, Netflix
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Summary

Yes Day really is a parent’s nightmare, but the Netflix film makes it a fun hellscape of a day.

3

Summary

Yes Day really is a parent’s nightmare, but the Netflix film makes it a fun hellscape of a day.

This review of the Netflix film Yes Day contains no spoilers. The family comedy was released on the streaming service on March 12, 2021.

Before bringing a child into this world, I remember that I had this naive idea that the “baby will exist in my life, not the other way round” — I wanted to be in control and not lose the life I had before becoming a father. Little did I know that sleep deprivation and the costs of raising a child were going to beat the life out of me. Netflix’s Yes Day brings forward a married couple (Carlos, played by Edgar Ramírez, and Allison, played by Jennifer Garner) who had all the energy in the world — everything was a “yes day” until they had to raise a family. This film is a light example of how priorities change quickly.

The film’s whole concept is that the parents want to find a way to control their children, plus the oldest (Kate, played by Jenna Ortega) believes her mother is boring and kind of a control freak. Giving their children a “yes day” means establishing trust and gaining control. Writing it out like that sounds hella controlling if you think about it, but the Netflix film shows how desperate parents can be.

Yes Day then becomes a formulaic family comedy where the parents have to say yes to everything. Their children have full control of the day — from window-down car washes to copious amounts of treats at a dessert cafe; their parents cannot say no to anything. Yes Day really is a parent’s nightmare, but the Netflix film makes it a fun hellscape of a day.

But above and beyond that, Yes Day is middle-class family juice, and once you’ve enjoyed the carton, you discard and forget about it. This is a film with middling performances, and it “does what it says on the tin”. Enjoy it with your family.

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