Synopsis of the Movie Yesterday: In the English county of Suffolk, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is playing a gig with one of the songs he wrote. He has been aspiring to reach musical success for a while now, with very little luck. Jack also works a part-time job at a superstore, but for him, it’s a dead end. His manager and best friend, Ellie Appleton (Lily James), books him a gig at a music festival in a tent.
The gig ends up being in a small tent, with very few people actually paying any mind to Jack’s music, other than Ellie and their friends Nick (Harry Michell), Carol (Sophia Di Martino), and Lucy (Ellise Chappell). There, he finds his bumbling friend Rocky (Joel Fry) there working, but he is high as hell. It gets to the point where Rocky screws up too much and gets fired. Jack expresses his disappointment over his failures to Ellie, thinking that if he hasn’t reached the big time now, then he never will. He goes home later that night on his bike, when all of a sudden, the entire planet experiences a blackout. In the darkness, a bus hits Jack, sending him flying and hitting the pavement.
Jack wakes up in the hospital to find Ellie next to him. He is okay, but his two front teeth have been knocked out. Ellie later takes Jack to Nick and Carol’s home, where Rocky is staying for the time being. Ellie gifts Jack with a new guitar since his other one got wrecked in the accident. He starts to play the song “Yesterday”. Everyone thinks it’s beautiful and that he wrote it, but he says it was written by Paul McCartney. The only answer he gets is, “Who?” Jack insists that The Beatles wrote the song and that it’s one of the greatest songs ever written, but they just assume he’s being cocky. Afterward, Ellie drives Jack home, but he opts to take a bus ride home, as he is very confused. He goes home and looks The Beatles up on Google, but only gets results for the insect. Nothing even comes up on the John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Jack looks through his record collection and doesn’t find a single Beatles album. He also discovers that, for some reason, the band Oasis doesn’t exist either (and, as he later finds out, neither does Coca-Cola soda, cigarettes, and Harry Potter books and films in this strange alternate reality). He runs to Ellie’s home in the pouring rain to ask if she really doesn’t know who The Beatles are.