The Yes Men Are Revolting

Hoping to draw attention to environmental causes, movie pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, aka the Yes Men, stage several elaborate hoaxes for this third documentary feature. As usual, the mood is genial and the anticorporate politics refreshingly blunt; the partners aren’t afraid to target specific entities (namely Shell Oil and the neocon U.S. Chamber of Commerce) that have spread disinformation about our pending ecological crises and have stalled political progress on the issues. The Yes Men’s stunts inspire hope by suggesting that radical change is possible: in one passage, the duo pose as members of the Canadian government and stage a phony press conference at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, claiming that Canada will pay off its “carbon debt” to third-world countries by providing Uganda with billions in aid for infrastructural improvements to address droughts brought on by climate change.