The Yes Men Fix the World

Synopsis: Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.
Director(s): Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr (co-director)
Production: Cinetic Media
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
71
Rotten Tomatoes:
78%
Year:
2009
87 min
Website
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Are you ready?

I'm extremely happy to be here

because today is a very historic occasion

for all of us at DOW.

And I am grateful.

Let's walk that way.

I am grateful.

You're extremely pleased at the -

I'm extremely pleased

to be here.

Yes, extremely pleased

to be here, Steve.

This is my friend Andy...

- Hi. Bonjour.

- Bonjour, Monsieur.

...and my name is Mike.

Today I'm holding

the camera.

- And is it okay if--

- Yes. Sure.

- It's a good thing

to know.

- Exactly.

Andy is about to go

on live television

in front

of 300 million people.

They're gonna think

that he represents

one of the largest companies

in the world...

which he doesn't.

And that's why

he looks so nervous.

Should I typically

just look...

- Yeah.

- ...Right into

the camera? Okay.

Let's see here.

Andy's about to tell

a really big lie

which, unfortunately,

is gonna wipe

$2 billion

off one company's

stock price.

But before

I tell you this story...

- One minute.

- ...I guess

I should tell you

how we got ourselves

into this situation.

- Hi, my name's Mike.

- And I'm Andy.

And this is a movie

in which the two of us...

fix the world.

Aren't we fixing

the world?

- Yes.

- Well, come on.

- I'm scared.

Now what?

What we do is

pass ourselves off

as representatives

of big corporations

we don't like.

We make fake websites

then wait for people

to accidentally invite us

to conferences.

My name is Fred.

I'm from Halliburton.

My name is

Hanniford Schmidt.

I'm with the World Trade Organization.

I'm from Arizona.

My name is

Francisco Guerrero.

Orboloo Hochmanks.

Hundreds of oil

and gas executives

were duped today.

Louisiana officials

are taken for a ride

by the Yes Men.

- The Yes Men.

- The Yes Men,

antiglobalization activists

that travel the world

pulling pranks

at corporate events.

...a bunch of lefty

protestors...

...world-renowned

troublemakers...

Sick, twisted, cruel--

And what

they do is they like

to take absurd ideas,

and they present these ideas

in all seriousness.

The group has done this

many times before.

They have a track record

of getting away with it.

So how did this happen?

Equity International says

the imposters showed up...

At home in our

underground headquarters,

it was time

to start planning

our next mission.

Tom Foreman:

Tens of thousands

of Iraqis have died.

Worries are growing

among top government

and business leaders

about the surge

of food riots--

Foreman:

Markets continue to shake.

Unemployment is up.

Oil companies reported

the highest profits in

the history of the world.

But with so many things

going wrong,

who should

we go after next?

We got our answer when

a text message arrived.

DOW CHEMICAL had

just bought Union Carbide,

a company that became

infamous in the 1980s.

You remember

the 1980s--

Challenger,

Chernobyl...

Bhopal.

Bhopal?

In 1984

when Union Carbide's

pesticide plant

at Bhopal exploded,

at least 5,000 people

died within weeks

and 100,000 more remain

sick for life.

It was the biggest industrial

disaster in history,

but Union Carbide settled

with the Indian government

for $470 million,

meaning most

of the victims got

less than $1,000 each.

Warren Anderson:

Now I just want to say to

Shareholders of Union Carbide

that I am confident

that the victims

can be fairly

and equitably compensated

without a material

adverse affect

on the financial condition

of Union Carbide corporation.

There was

little adverse affect

on the shareholders

but in Bhopal,

people continued to suffer.

When DOW announced

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