les -- come on, get happy!" sings out the soundtrack over the opening credits for THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, that continuing saga of the smart and cheeky twosome who love to play pranks on the sleazier side of corporate America. What? You ask what side of corporate America isn't sleazy? We'll go into that another time. For now, let's concen-
trate on the laughter that this movie will evoke in those who have kept up over the decades with Union Carbide and Bhopal, Milton Friedman and his acolytes, Halliburton and Exxon, Hurricane Katrina and HUD.
Gosh: talk about high-profile romantic couples!
ity for the Bhopal disaster and will pay out twelve billion dollars in reparations to the victims. (It is at this point that the Dow stock takes a small seizure.) How they manage this, with DOW and other targets such as Haliburton and Exxon, and manage to make us laugh so heartily (for awhile, at least) is where most of the fun lies. Their interviews with the Friedman acolytes, all right-wing think-
tank folk -- against a blue screen for which they ask their subjects to pick the background -- leads to one of the funniest, if weirdly outre, jokes in the entire movie. (Are the Yes Men gay, perhaps?)
After making its debut awhile back on HBO, The Yes Men Fix the World opens today at New York City's Film Forum for a 2-week run.