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HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 11

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Josh Radnor (CBS' Emmy-nominated How I Met Your Mother) wrote, directed and stars in happythankyoumoreplease, a sharp comedy centered on a group of 20-something New Yorkers struggling to figure out themselves, their lives and their loves. On his way to a meeting with a publisher, aspiring novelist Sam Wexler (Radnor) finds Rasheen, a young boy separated from his family on the subway. When the quiet Rasheen refuses to be left alone with social services, Sam learns the boy has already been placed

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Jun 21, 2011

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Sam and Rasheen's icky pas de deux is coarsely shoehorned into a movie that juggles three tepid romantic mini-dramas.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's sluggish and trite and irrelevant in a way that suggests that the TV soundstage is a kind of hothouse that Radnor doesn't leave often enough.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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[A] perky, if undistinguished, emulation of a mid-period Woody Allen relationship comedy...

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A case of when bad scripts happen to good actors. Given its similarities to a bygone sitcom, one might call it Friends without benefits.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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There is a sweetness to Radnor's character and to his film. What there is not is a sense of urgency, of a desire to find out what happens next.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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It's an observant and heartfelt film, with turns of dialogue that show that writer-director Josh Radnor really can write.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Happythankyoumoreplease is a charming and refreshing romantic comedy. Radnor is great in the role and provides an uplifting and enjoyable film.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Let's hope "The New Zach Braff" learns from the original Zach Braff to strike while the iron is hot and not dither away his potential waiting for that perfect "next project" to come along.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

...a striking, promising debut that hopefully bodes well for Radnor's future endeavors...

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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full review at Movies for the Masses

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Radnor's characters never shut up, which here at least is a very good thing. I'd love to see a Comfortablywiseryourewelcomesurprisinglycontent sometime in his future.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

...all but bursting with vague longings and inchoate emotions and all the unspeakable, unsoundable stuff that fills up hearts

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

resembles a sitcom -- but the good kind, or at least one you might not flip past immediately on a Monday night

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Familiarity is the problem with Josh Radnor's strangely titled writing/directing debut.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The territory has been well mined, most famously in Reality Bites and Garden State.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

It's co-star Malin Ackerman who proves to be more than a pretty face.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com
WaffleMovies.com

What will they do? And, more important, why should we care about their trivial hipster quandaries?

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

According to the rules of grown-up cinema, Happythankyoumoreplease should be irritating as hell. Well, Radnor's worked some magic.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

The comedy is called "Happythankyoumoreplease," but a better title would be "Icknogoaway."

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

These three vaguely intersecting plots have plenty of nice moments among them and performances that shine, especially Mara and Hale's.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

None of the relationships that drive this awkward dramedy ring true and only a few supporting performances make the effort worthwhile as they highlight the weaknesses at the core of the manipulative script.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
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Audience Reviews for HappyThankYouMorePlease

Really wasn't expecting much, but this was a lovely movie. Cast are all excellent and it had several stories running at once, all of which I enjoyed. The character with alopecia was something different and very nicely written.
April 6, 2013
romy861

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Bravo Josh Radnor. BRA-VO. I love him as Ted on HIMYM (and I also happen to love the character of Ted, unlike haters who prefer Barney as their man of the half-hour), and now, I really dig Radnor as a writer.

"HappyThankYouMorePlease" didn't have a lot going for it. Its clunky-ass title aside, a quirky independent romantic dramedy about six 20-30 somethings in New York City? So played out. In spite of that title though, Radnor has written a pretty mellow script that doesn't smack of an agenda. The inciting incident of Sam taking in Rasheen, a lost African-American boy, isn't about white liberal guilt like in "The Blind Side." They just become friends. Sam fosters Rasheen more out of selfish reasons than altruistic ones: he enjoys being looked up to, he enjoys fucking up his own life.

The movie's also not THAT quirky, in comparison to "Garden State" or "Juno," both of which I do love. I think Radnor's going for realism here, and I think he succeeds. The few quirks that happen - Sam and Mississippi's three-night-stand or Annie's Alopecia Awareness Party - are tempered with subtle regret (in re the former) and forced gaiety (in re the latter).

The intertwining stories are also not THAT intertwining, in comparison to "Love Actually" or *gag* "Valentine's Day." There's no huge payoff - oh this person knows this person and oh that person is that person's long-lost half-second-cousin-twice-removed. It's just some people - some are friends, some are lovers, some are strangers, some are children of parents' best friends so they call each other "cousins" (but that's established early on in the movie) - and it's just some stories. The theme of gratitude isn't entirely evinced in ALL the stories, and I can see how that can be a criticism, but honestly, I'm glad it didn't smack me in the face.

I love the veiled Woody Allen observation that Mary Catherine makes, "Why one movie a year? Why not one every other year?" because I LITERALLY heard someone say those EXACT words the other day, which goes to prove, every movie I'm seeing right now is about me [at the time of original viewing]. I wonder if non-Woody Allen fans won't get the reference or if they do, find it pretentious. I think it still works though cuz A) Woody's name isn't mentioned, so those who get it will chuckle and those who don't will just let it go, and 2) That line and other pro-NYC/anti-LA litanies are delivered by Zoe Kazan, who has kinduva shrill voice and kiddish demeanor. A character can be whiney and pretentious; a movie catered to a general audience shouldn't be.

As for Josh Radnor's acting, it's plenty serviceable. People complain that he's just playing Ted. Well, so what? It goes with the role. Wait for him to uglify himself and play a murderous transvestite prostitute. Then people will respect him. Anyway, he does provide subtle changes. Sam is a little edgier than Ted - definitely more cynical and pushy (in regard to the boudoir...). Radnor brings just the right amount of sleaze. The other supporting actors/characters are quite delightful too, especially Tony "Buster Bluth" Hale as Sam #2. He really does become quite a stud.

Can I also say how much I love Kate Mara? I was hoping she'd get the role of Lisbeth Salander instead of her sister, but oh well. She has such an interesting mouth, a Joker-esque grin. Her rendition of Kander and Ebb's "Sing Happy" is wonderful as well. Her cabaret-style soprano is reminiscent of Katie Holmes'...but better. The happy montage underscoring her song and the cut-to-black is also a sweet, subtle close.

The only change I would make to the end is that instead of cut-to-black, I want Sam to go up to Mississippi and earnestly say, "You looked very pretty" (like Rasheen suggested earlier), then fade-to-black.
January 3, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

So good!! Josh Radnor is a very charming, and funny actor (and a good director, I might add). This little Independent project of his turned out to be a very fun, and endearing, movie. Love the witty dialogue, and the musical montage ending that gives "closure" to all the story lines within the film. Very enjoyable!
January 9, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Josh Radnor, better known as "Ted" from sitcom How I Met Your Mother, directs, writes and stars in happythankyoumoreplease, a beautiful dramedy with a pleasant, offbeat soundtrack. Already a winner at Sundance, Radnor shows real promise as a director and even more so as a writer. I loved how his characters are fully relatable but just a little bit twisted. They're brought to life in great performances by Radnor, Malin ┼kerman, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber, Kate Mara and especially Tony Hale.
October 10, 2011
    1. Sam #2: It's not easy to be adored, you impeticuler you have a tougher time with it then most, I get that, but I want you to give it a try. Think of it as an experiment. I promise I will be very wonderful at adoring you Annie. It an area where, I think I got a great deal of talent. You're worth the adoration Annie, your worth it, and the fact that you don't believe it, has nothing to do with weather its true or not, it is true for me, and that is all that matters.
    – Submitted by Angela T (2 years ago)
    1. Mary-Catherine: I always thought of that as the moment you came into focus... like 'oh, there you are'.
    – Submitted by Angela T (2 years ago)
    1. Sam Wexler: F***! Don't swear.
    – Submitted by Rated N (2 years ago)
    1. Mary-Catherine: You can't just keep him. He's not a goldfish!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Annie: Sadness be gone, let's be people who deserve to be loved, who are worthy, cause we are worthy.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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