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Jennifer Garner is back in the headlines thanks to her latest movie role. The one-time Alias and 13 Going on 30 star has been largely absent from live-action roles since 2018, when she appeared in both Peppermint and Love, Simon.

Her latest lead role is in the Netflix original film, Yes Day, which is set to premiere on Friday, March 12. Here’s what you need to know about it before you tune in with the rest of the family for a weekend movie night.

‘Yes Day’ stars Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez

Jennifer Garner smiling in front of a purple background
Jennifer Garner on November 09, 2019, in Culver City, California. | Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic

Garner’s latest lead role comes in Netflix’s Yes Day. It’s a feature adaptation of the children’s book of the same name by Amy Rosenthal and illustrator Tom Lichtenfeld, and features a premise sure to delight kids and freak parents all the way out.

The film follows two parents, played by Garner and The Undoing‘s Édgar Ramírez, who decide to let their children (Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner, and Everly Carganilla) make the rules for an entire day. As the title suggests, it’s a whole 24-hour period where the parents can only say yes.

Aside from the family, Yes Day‘s cast also includes June Diane Raphael, Nat Faxon, Fortune Feimster, and Arturo Castro.

The film is directed by comedy veteran Miguel Arteta. While he’s mostly known for more grown-up fare like Youth in Revolt, Beatriz at Dinner, and Like a Boss, he’s also made a similarly family-friendly film with Garner in the past, also based on a popular children’s book. The pair worked together on the 2014 adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which also starred Steve Carrell.

Critically, Garner’s film isn’t fairing terribly well, with only a 38% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing. John DeFore had a rather blunt summation of the film in the Bottom Line section of his review for The Hollywood Reporter: “Nope.”

What else is Garner up to?


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For her next project after Yes Day, Garner is sticking with Netflix. Next year, she’ll appear in The Adam Project, a time travel adventure film starring Ryan Reynolds. In it, Reynolds’ character must travel back in time to find his younger self as part of a plan to confront his dead father.

The rest of the cast includes Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, and newcomer Walker Scobell as Reynolds’ younger self. The film is directed by Shawn Levy, who helmed the Night at the Museum trilogy and serves as a producer on the massively popular Stanger Things.

Per IMDb, Garner has two other upcoming projects. She’s set to lead Fantasy Camp, a musical about a teacher pursuing her dream of being a stage actor, from the directors of I Feel Pretty. She will also star in My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, a miniseries adaptation of the memoir by Amy Silverstein about her experience waiting for a heart transplant. The series is currently set up at Apple TV+.