The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Yes Men pull off hilarious actions publicizing injustice. But with money ruling democracies, does public opinion matter? Suddenly, uprisings from Tunisia to Wall Street get them excited about one last remedy: revolution.

The ensuing action teaches them much about themselves and their place in the Movement – and that it's essential for viewers to join in too.

The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) are on an action-packed adventure with a lofty goal: be part of a global movement to force governments to rein in climate change. But as they pull off a series of daring and hilarious activist interventions, getting lots of press attention along the way, they begin worrying that all the publicity in the world won't change the policies of governments that are no longer accountable to the public. Has democracy been taken over? After decades of corporate meddling in law and politics, has fixing the climate and a whole host of social ills become impossible?

The hopelessness of the situation, combined with burnout, middle-age responsibilities, and increasingly complicated personal lives put Mike and Andy at odds with each other, and the duo almost quit their antics for good. But then a sequence of unbelievable global uprisings, from Tahrir Square to Wall Street, give them energy to fight once again for environmental and social justice. After doing their best to fit in with the fledgling Occupy movement, they finally come to discover their true role in social change, and how they can be part of the Movement. It's a discovery that brings lots of hope, but hinges upon one thing: viewers getting out of their seats and joining the revolution themselves. (The Yes Men are working hard to make this easier with an "action switchboard" they're currently in the process of designing, and which is featured in the last big action of the film.)

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