HappyThankYouMorePlease

2011

HappyThankYouMorePlease

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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 in six previous foster homes and impulsively agrees to let the boy stay with him for a couple days. Dropped into Sam's chaotic, bachelor lifestyle, Rasheen is introduced to Sam's circle of friends; Annie (Malin Akerman) who has an unhealthy pattern of dating the wrong men, as well as an auto-immune disorder which has rendered her hairless, Mary-Catherine (Zoe Kazan) and Charlie (Pablo Schreiber) whose potential move to Los Angeles threatens their relationship, and Mississippi (Kate Mara), an aspiring singer/waitress who tests Sam's fear of commitment. When Sam's unexpected friendship with Rasheen develops, he realizes adulthood is not about waiting for the right answers to get the life you want, but simply stumbling ahead and figuring them out in the process. Featuring a brilliant young cast and music from breaking indie musicians, happythankyoumoreplease deftly captures the uncertainty and angst of what it is to be young, vulnerable, and desperate to find out who you are - or perhaps more importantly, who you want to be. -- (C) Hannover House

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Cast

Josh Radnor
as Sam Wexler
Zoe Kazan
as Mary Catherine
Tony Hale
as Sam #2
Bram Barouh
as Spencer
Dana Barron
as The Gynecologist
Sunah Bilsted
as Receptionist
Jimmy Lee Gary Jr.
as Police Officer
Richard Jenkins
as Paul Gertmanian
Mama Kohn
as Melissa
Laith Nakli
as MTA Worker
Katharine Powell
as Girl Leaving Apartment
Maryann Urbano
as Social Worker
Mary Ann Urbano
as Social Worker
Kate Mara
as Mississippi
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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (18)

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

    May 14, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
  • 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.

    Mar 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] perky, if undistinguished, emulation of a mid-period Woody Allen relationship comedy...

    Mar 24, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • A case of when bad scripts happen to good actors. Given its similarities to a bygone sitcom, one might call it Friends without benefits.

    Mar 17, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an observant and heartfelt film, with turns of dialogue that show that writer-director Josh Radnor really can write.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for HappyThankYouMorePlease

  • Apr 06, 2013
    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.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2012
    In Josh Radnor's directorial debut, "HappyThankYouMorePlease" is a subtle drama about a writer taking in a young, African American boy left on the subway. The film never quite digs as deep as we hope, floundering with three love stories, when it should stick to one, yet it delivers Radnor in a new role, hopefully opening up roles outside of "How I Met Your Mother", even if the persona of Ted Moseby is engrained in his image. Kate Mara is stunning, as the high point of the film, begging the question of why her career hasn't entirely taken off yet. Zoe Kazan also delivers an endearing performance. Radnor's writing and directing may not have reached its peak with this film, but it screams independent film in the best of ways, hitting its mark without slapping us with romanticism.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    "HappyThankYouMorePlease" starts with a walk of shame out of Sam Wexler's(Josh Radnor, who also wrote and directed)apartment and life. Once he wakes up, he realizes he is running late for an appointment with a publisher which gets complicated when he witnesses Rasheen(Michael Algieri), a young boy, being separated from his family at the Union Square subway station. At a loss what to do next and running out of time, he takes him with him to his appointment which goes diastrously wrong and to a party at his friend Annie's(Malin Akerman) that goes better, not only because he hangs out there with his pseudo-cousin Mary Catherine(Zoe Kazan) who is debating with her boyfriend Charlie(Pablo Schreiber, of "Lights Out") which coast to live on. Meanwhile, even though Annie is suffering from alopecia, she hooks up with Ira(Peter Scanavino) while also attracting the interest of another Sam(Tony Hale) at work. Helped immensely by a surprisingly strong cast, "HappyThankYouMorePlease" is a romantic comedy that is not just about love but just as importantly, friendship. With its dry wit, the movie is grounded in the realities of life's disappointments of these wounded characters and how hard it can be to get what you really want. Notice especially how none of the characters are successful in their chosen fields which goes beyond just Wexler's stalled writing career to include Mary Catherine having to work in an art supply store while living in an apartment full of her paintings. Wexler intends to get his life on track by trying to do the right thing by Rasheen but has no idea how to complete the task, with his friends getting after him to work something out soon.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2012
    The whole notion of Indie movie is a hit and miss for me. I might be draw in and ended up loving the movie or switch it off after the first fifteen minutes due to boredom. HappyThankYouMorePlease is one of those movie that I knew I would loved when the credit rolls. Debutante Josh Radnor did a pretty good job in his first project, he cast the right actors, wrote amazing dialogue and chose loveable Indie music. The screenplay might be overused but if you're like me who adores simplicity of a feel good movie, I guarantee you will like this one too. 8/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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