Parents have to say “no” all the time. But what if they said “yes” to everything for one whole day. This borderline science-fiction premise is the notion behind the new Netflix comedy Yes Day. Don’t worry, it’s not a horror movie. (We think?)
Yes Day stars Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez as Allison and Paul, parents who feel as if all they ever say to their three kids and co-workers is… NO. That all changes when one of the kids tells Mom and Dad about a fad sweeping Los Angeles: Yes Day, where, for 24 hours, kids make the rules. That leads to a busy family day spent water balloon fights, rolling down the windows at the local car wash, riding roller coasters, and more. Will that create some joy and some tension? We’re gonna say yes. Will it all ultimately bring the family closer than ever? We’re gonna say yes again. Fatherly is pleased to share a first look at the trailer.
Yes Day is based upon the children’s book of the same name by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (who sadly passed away in 2017 at the age of 51) and Tom Lichtenheld and published in 2009. Garner, who co-produced Yes Day, has acted in her fair share of family films and shows, including Mr. Magoo, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Martha Speaks, Llama Llama, and Ask the StoryBots. Ramirez will next be seen in Jungle Book, while Jenna Ortega, who stars as the eldest child, played Young Jane in Jane the Virgin, and has also appeared in Stuck in the Middle, Elena of Avalor, and You. She also provides the voice of Brooklynn in the Netflix animated series, Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous.
Will Yes Day actually become a model for your actual parenting? Probably…not? But it also could be a good wake-up call to shake you out of your grumpiness.