Bichlbaum and Bonanno are no strangers to causing media storms with their creative antics. Remember the fake George W. Bush site (gwbush.com) that looked exactly like the real "Bush for President" campaign site (GeorgeWBush.com)? Bichlbaum and Bonanno were behind that as well, garnering so much attention that Bush publicly denounced them as "garbage men."
The two were later approached to create a similar site revealing the true "help-the-rich, screw-the-poor" objectives of the WTO at the domain GATT.org. Soon, they found themselves attracting visitors who assumed it was real, getting invitations to speak at conferences as the very corrupt organization they were exposing. Bichlbaum and Bonanno decided to go impersonate the spokespeople, giving speeches from the point of view of what they perceived as the true objective of the WTO.
Honesty was the goal. A metallic gold suit with a three-foot phallus attached was the means. Hilarity ensues.
Directed by Chris Smith, Dan Ollman and Sarah Price, the team behind American Movie, 1999s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner, The Yes Men chronicles Andy and Mikes adventure into madness. To their own shock and dismay, they are taken seriously by the so-called "experts" that fail to contest the ridiculous ideas in Andys hilariously terrible Power Point lectures. The two find themselves going further and further, from outlawing siestas in Spain for standardized business hours to suggesting that the rich can buy "Justice Vouchers" to continue abusing human rights.
Viewers will laugh, only because theyd otherwise cry. Bichlbaum and Bonanno come off as impressively articulate, even when the satire is dropped and their activism culminates in a serious speech about creating a new WTO whose goals are to help the poor and the environment instead of making big profits for corporations.
The Yes Men is definitely a must-see for people looking for an original, clever, zany political satire that will have you covering your mouth in shock while gasping for breath from laughter.