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Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer who's having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes the questionable decision to bring the child back to his apartment and thus begins a rewarding, yet complicated, friendship. Sam's life revolves around his friends-Annie, whose self-image keeps her from commitment; Charlie and Mary Catherine, a couple whose possible move to Los Angeles tests their relationship; and Mississippi, a cabaret singer who catches Sam's eye.
Is HappyThankYouMorePlease a great movie? A perfect movie? A five star movie? By all accounts, no. By the sum of its parts it's messy, uneven, maybe a bit contrived and cloying.
But I love it dearly. I frequently find myself thinking about it. I revisit it more than I do most movies. And I think the reason is that, for all its rough edges, HappyThankYouMorePlease is a purely sweet, uncynical film. It's a movie that unashamedly wears its heart on its sleeve and tells you to believe in love, and a chance for happiness. And it does so in a sincere and kind way, unlike most of the manufactured romantic comedies of the early 21st century (e.g. Katherine Heigl films).…
Josh Radnor's HappyThankYouMorePlease is another one of those films that does the several interconnected stories thing. There's no shortage of those in the world, some are good, some are okay, and some are awful. This one fits snuggly into the okay range. It's perfectly likable, but doesn't really do anything that stands out and elevates it to a really good film. I'm glad I saw it, but if I hadn't it wouldn't be a big deal.
Ron's recommendation: It's worth seeing once.
Josh Radnor's directorial debut Happythankyoumoreplease is not as good as his second venture Liberal Arts but it's still a highly entertaining feel good film.
Radnor directs, writes, and stars in a small and a plot less film (in sorts).
Radnor plays a writer who is on the subway hurrying to an interview when he meets a kid name Rashean (Michael Algieri) who has been separated from what's thought to be his family. Radnor as Sam Wexler assumes responsibility automatically after a few attempts to separate from Rashean.
Overall I personally love both of Josh Radnor's films and I can only hope he grows and continues to make feel good film like his first two.
Happythankyoumoreplease... What kind of name is that?
Josh Radnor's debut flick is certainly not as good as the follow up "Liberal Arts", but it's a pretty good movie nonetheless. It is consisted of several stories about love or what it means to be loved. I really like the quirkiness and awkwardness of the story with Josh Radnor and the kid. It's really sweet. The other stories were okay, but the characters weren't as funny or interesting as the main story. I can't wait to see what next Josh Radnor has in store. I really like his style and quirkiness. He's sorta like the poor man's Wes Anderson.
Josh Radnor's written and directorial debut from 2010, I watched his 2nd film Liberal Arts last year from 2012 and I thought that film was generally well made. Happythankyoumoreplease is quite simple with a likeable story, however there isn't a great deal that stands out in the film, it's okay. Josh Radnor has laid down some pretty good foundations in both films and has the potential to made some great films in the future in my opinion. I'll look forward to seeing what he does next.
One can easily catch on the style of Josh Radnor by seeing his work. He’s quirky, he’s character-oriented, he’s comedic and heartfelt. Happythankyoumoreplease is exactly that. This indie dramedy project doesn’t fail in charming its audience – whether that be through its appealing soundtrack, a few thought-provoking lines, or the promise that is Josh Radnor.
If you’re looking for something grand and mind-blowing to watch, I wouldn’t exactly recommend this movie. But if you’re open to something good and interesting (endearing too perhaps), put this on your list.
Feel good movie - so fun to watch!
I've a thing for Josh Radnor, and this film debut is a genuine crowd pleaser even if it is a tad bit clichéd.
I remember studying English in high school. There came a point where suddenly every text you read involved death. I asked my teacher why, once we turned 14 or so, that everything we studied in her class became utterly depressing. She told me all the best things are sad.
I never bought this. I loved fantasy novels and other fiction because they took me away from the world. The world is sad. When you can live elsewhere, in your mind, you can free yourself from that for just a little while - however long it takes you to turn all of a book's pages, the duration of an album, the length of a film.
Happythankyoumoreplease is escapist fantasy. It leaves you smiling. If all the best things are sad, then this does not qualify. But when the world is sad, sometimes you need a hug. Happythankyoumoreplease is a hug, a hot chocolate, and your favourite blanket. Thank you, more please.
It feels like director Josh Radnor really cut his teeth with HappyThankyouMorePlease and learnt from it's failings to go on and direct the far superior Liberal Arts a couple of years later. The cast is undeniably charming and do a great job but there's no getting around the contrived lines they're delivering - some work, some make you want to scream at the TV "People don't talk like that!"
And given that the central premise is a sweet kidnapping misunderstanding by a quirky, naive, struggling New York writer whose friends spend far too much time whining about how hard their lives are you get the feeling this was written by somebody burning off their residue off teenage angst, you will find yourself rolling your eyes periodically. Still enjoyable enough but far from memorable or revelatory (unlike Liberal Arts which, as I may have mentioned, is great).
you probably want to watch this movie cause of radnor. and you probably know radnor cause of how i met your mother. well i was. and i loved radnor at himym and certainly loved him at happythankyoumoreplease. plus he was great both at sceenwriting and filming the movie and i was so happy for him!
This is like a McQuirky with a side of fries.
First-time feature writer/director Josh Radnor ('How I Met Your Mother') makes a respectable debut with the Sundance flick HappyThankYouMorePlease. Radnor shows audiences that he has some substance even though the film is oftentimes over-indulgent and self-conscious. It is a mixed bag ... almost as confusing as that title of his.
Radnor plays the central character, Sam, living in-the-now in NYC trying to get things figured out. On his way to an interview one morning, he witnesses a kid get left behind and separated from his family on a subway. Getting no real help from anybody around him or the authorities, Sam takes the kid with him to the interview and ends up keeping him much longer (uh, sure).
Pretty much what I expected - but not a bad time.
Josh Radnor plays with unconventional storytelling but wraps it up with a little too much sugar coating, in my opinion.
But then , its cinema of joy, and that's cool.
However, there were some other issues. Like the camera angles. Some were just WRONG - that's kind of unforgivable, I guess.
Then, the references: The Clash, Kramer vs. Kramer, Wood Allen. They seemes kinda artificial, kinda like - "okay, time to insert some hip NYC reference".
The singing in the end was pretty bad, pretty bad - but it could have played out well, and at least we know what he was getting at.
The whole thing seems kinda like a cheerful Noah Baumbach film.
Anyway, it wasn't a bad time - at all.
It's always nice to see nice.
"Happythankyoumoreplease" is nice.
This was my second time watching this film since it's release, and I was still so dissapointed. For starters, this film is far too melodramatic, with dialogue and characters so cheesy it gave me gas. This is Josh Radnor's directorial debut, and I admire his direction, however to me he felt like a wannabe Zach Braff in every aspect. It's not horrible, and it's watchable, but because of my constant frustration with character choices, writing, and directorial choices (I'm looking at you jarring end song) I don't recommend seeking out this film unless you're feeling extra sad or need something sappy to go with your ice cream.
the never ending NYC movie list.
feel free to add more if i missed any.
Casually lumping these into one massive heap as if it was a complete genre of its own (which it kinda…