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The Yes Men Review

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Posing as W.T.O. delegates, Bonanno and Bichlbaum skip around the global conference circuit delivering bogus lectures.

★★★★★

Cross Fahrenheit 9/11 with The Corporation, load up a laugh-track and you’ve got The Yes Men, a brisk, cheeky agit-prop doc that lays down a carpet of banana skins for the World Trade Organisation to slip arse-over-tit on. The scam’s a simple one: posing as W.T.O. delegates, Bonanno and Bichlbaum skip around the global conference circuit delivering bogus lectures.

Best prank? The duo’s “management leisure suit”, in which tycoons control their workforce through a giant inflatable phallus — a magical act of slapstick subversion greeted by its audience with unblinking apathy. The Third World-bashing W.T.O. is a ripe, relevant target. Shame that bullseyes are missed when The Yes Men get a little too smug and lose The Point à la guerilla-guru Michael Moore, but when it hits, it’s top, provocative filmmaking.