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Actors: Josh Radnor, Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Pablo Schreiber
Director: Josh Radnor
Genres: Comedy, Drama
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 li... more »
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Tanner D. (TD) from DES MOINES, IA
Reviewed on 2/24/2012...
Josh Radnor, of How I Met Your Mother fame, tri-heads this dramedy as writer, director, and lead actor detailing the events that take place after one initially fateful decision. As the story begins and soon progresses from the moment Sam (Radnor) decides to temporarily house a stranded boy found on the subway, played by a straight-forward Michael Algieri, our hearts begin to swell just a bit in light of the almost-genuine gesture amid other troubles he has come across. Thereafter, our protagonist remains quite likeable and Radnor proves he can flex his charm and exercise wit on the silver-screen. The same cannot be said for some of the supporting actors/actresses. A relationship between Mary-Catherine and Charlie (Zoe Kazan and Pablo Schreiber) is spliced interject-ably throughout the film. Through the motive of love and redemption is prominent in their lives and is temporally relevant to the main story, the relationship feels a bit emotionally disjointed at times from the audience as Sam has minimal interactions with either character, and thoughts of "Why should we care?" flash amid their tribulations. Sam's best friend Annie (Malin Akerman) is a slightly different story. First met with a sense of forced pity and slight annoyance during and after her alopecia bit, Annie battles her emotions everyday with mixed results until she is forced to close her eyes and yield to a kindred spirit. Akerman's performance can be piercing at times and though you may not wish to do so early on, you can't help but to root for her success as the film near its climax. The camera work is splendid and the script is sharp but maintains a familiar sense of humor we find in Radnor's small-screen work. While not all of the characters in Radnor's directorial and writing debut are appealing, his "all hands-on-deck" approach is a solid foundation of what may come in his promising big-screen career and "happythankyoumoreplease" is a well made slice-of-life standalone film. While I enjoyed this film, I cannot wait for bigger and better projects from him in the near future.
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