Posted: 06/02/2011

 

HappyThankYouMorePlease

by Del Harvey




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Can anyone ever find the right balance of romance, happiness and clarity? On June 21, Anchor Bay Films answers the question withhappythankyoumoreplease on Blu-ray™ and DVD – a sharp comedy about a group of 20-something New Yorkers struggling to figure out themselves, their lives and their loves. Written, directed and starring Josh Radnor (CBS’s Emmy-nominated® “How I Met Your Mother”), the film charmed critics when it premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the audience award for Best Dramatic Feature.

Actor Josh Radnor makes his debut as a writer and director with this independent comedy drama in which a handful of people not-so-delicately tread the path between their late twenties and early thirties. Along this passage, they navigate the sometimes tricky journey to adulthood in cosmopolitan New York City.

Sam (Radnor) is a struggling writer who has trouble with long-term relationships. One day on the subway he meets Rasheen (Michael Algieri), a young boy who has been abandoned by his parents. Sam decides to take the boy in, providing him a glimpse of what parenthood might be like while also proving to be more complicated than he ever expected.

But Sam is infatuated with “Mississippi” (Kate Mara), a very cute bartender who dreams of making something of herself as a musician. Mississippi, though, is tired of one-night stands, so she agrees to Sam’s proposal to move in for a few days to see how she feels about a “real” relationship. She soon discovers that Rasheen’s presence makes things awkward.

Meanwhile, another of Sam’s sometime girlfriends, Annie (Malin Akerman), suffers from a rare medical condition that prevents her from having any hair. Although she is quite beautiful, Annie’s lack of hair causes her to experience a very poor self-image as she jumps from one relationship to another with a handful of men, some of whom treat her poorly.

Then there’s Mary Catherine (Zoe Kazan) and Charlie (Pablo Schreiber), a couple whose relationship seems to be teetering on the brink as he ponders a lucrative job offer in L.A. while Mary Catherine refuses to even consider a move.

As Sam’s friendship with Rasheen develops, he realizes that adulthood is not about waiting for the right answers, but simply stumbling ahead and figuring them out in the process.

The cast does an admirable job with Radnor’s script and the film is actually quite involving and moving at times. It can also be somewhat light-hearted fare and that might tend to confuse some viewers. But stick with it until the end and you should be pleasantly rewarded for the effort.

The happythankyoumoreplease Blu-ray™ and DVD includes the following special features:

- Audio Commentary with Producer/Writer/Director/Actor Josh Radnor and Producer Jesse Hara
- “happythankyoumoremusicplease” featuring singer-songwriter Jaymay
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer

This film is available on June 21st from Anchor Bay Films.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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