Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer whos 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. Sams 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 Sams eye.
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Customer review from the Amazon Vineâ¢ Program (What's this?) I just couldn't get into this movie. It was slow moving and did not have any witty banter which usually characterizes this genre of movie. I couldn't make it all the way through, and I have sat through some bad movies! As you can tell from the title, it seemed very stream of thought, from the mind of someone who is very boring, and not in the ironic sort of way.
Customer review from the Amazon Vineâ¢ Program (What's this?) This is actor Josh Radnor's directorial debut, he also has role in the film as well.This is a good but not great dramedy IMO.One of my favorite character actors appears briefly, Richard Jenkins.All in all, I give it a solid three stars.
The title did not attract me to this movie - I thought it was going to be a food movie from another land. But immediately the movie drew me in with its extremely well-drawn characters. It's a well-written script that focuses on relationships and change. The music is well-chosen and integrates with the images to enhance the story.Acting was superb. If there is an Oscar for role in movie with less than 15 spoken words - it should go to the little boy in this movie!
Smart, touching, well-crafted, and that just the acting. Josh Radnor however was all of that and more. Really fun to watch the lead character struggle and grow as a person, and all the other characters each had their moments of charm, difficulty, and success in overcoming their uncertainties... I really like this film and hope that it leads to more good things from all there were involved in making this really sweet film. Happy to say Thank You and More Please.
Customer review from the Amazon Vineâ¢ Program (What's this?) From my experience talking with other fans about How I Met Your Mother, it seems like Josh/Ted takes the biggest and most frequent criticisms. That's what actually prompted me to see happythankyoumoreplease: the question of whether Josh's acting chops (let alone his writing and directing chops) extended beyond HIMYM in a meaningful way.The good news: they do.The bad news: I'm not sure happythankyoumoreplease enough to convince anyone.As others have said, it's hard not to think of Garden State: lead actor from a modestly successful sitcom makes a foray into writing and directing an indie film for the big screen. As different as the movies are, that's enough to invite comparison.So is Sam Wexler nothing more than a foul-mouthed Ted Mosby? No, though you can see why people might wonder that. Wexler is a writer who has sort of given up on his life being anything special, or even being anything like he hoped it would be. When a book publisher--Richard Jenkins in a very brief cameo--tells Sam that his lead character isn't compelling, we know he's talking about Sam.And that's ultimately the problem at the heart of the movie: Sam is--quite intentionally--the least compelling character in the film, and his story is about watching him become someone we're interested in.As a result, the characters around him--Kate Mara as Mississippi (...really?), Malin Akerman as Annie, Zoe Kazan as Mary Catherine and Michael Algieri as Rasheen--are a lot more interesting to follow than Sam is. Sam seems like a guy who wants to be able to rage at the universe...if only he could find it.So in the meantime, compelling, fascinating stories go on all around Sam, but he seems so self-possessed that he's unable or at least unwilling to tap into them and participate.To me, that's not your lead character: that's the quirky side-plot. The time spent with Annie and Sam #2 (Tony Hale) is much more productive, story-wise, as is the tormented relationship between Mary Catherine and Charlie (Pablo Schreiber).So ultimately, Radnor does give us something more than Ted in Sam Wexler--there are a number of things Sam does that you could never see Ted doing--but he does it in such a roundabout way that I don't think will convince anyone he's leading man material.I do think he has a future as a writer/director, and I'm sure he'll want to write himself into his films, but he'd be better served by making himself a supporting character in future projects.
This review is from: Happythankyoumoreplease (DVD) This movie really made me think about my life and how i wanted to live. Powerful meaning to this movie, it really hits you
This review is from: Happythankyoumoreplease (DVD) Love this movie - the cast is incredible - They all play their roles as if they are playing themselves. The stories are "real life" situations. You can so relate to. The streets of NYC are depicted in real time - you can feel the heat of a NY summer. this movie as been lifted into my top 5 movies of all time.Teri Z
Happythankyoumoreplease is Josh Radnor's first personaldirecting/writing attempt in which he did pretty well, in my opinion.It's a romantic comedy-drama set in New York that has to do with thelives of a group of adults. Some of them are facing the facts ofresponsibilities, self-acceptance and choices.Perfromances weren't astonishing but their contribution was rather wellfor each role in this film. They pulled off their characters part. Forthose who've been watching Josh Radnor in 'How I Met Your Mother' hemay seem quite the Ted but, eventually, you get that it's just Radnor'sacting (he's got that Nicholas Cage kinda style). Lots of new actorsinvolved like Malin Akerman, Pablo Shreiber, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, andi enjoyed seeing Richard Jenkins again (even for a while).Sweet music by Jamie Seerman (aka Jaymay) and other artists and classicNY locations and atmosphere. It's not a cinematography masterpiece butit's and easygoing film with a moral message worth to be spread andapplied.
Customer review from the Amazon Vineâ¢ Program (What's this?) This was one of those movies that was good enough to generally hold my attention, but not so good that I'd ever want to watch it again, or listen to the commentary on the DVD. Nothing really stood out for me, either good or bad, although there were some significant implausibilities in the story line (including one of my pet peeves - skirting the issue of the economics of living in NYC). I would say it is a somewhat promising start for Josh Radnor (the writer/director). Hopefully, he can continue to hone his skills on his next film.
This review is from: happythankyoumoreplease (Amazon Instant Video) I rented this movie because it was slotted in my recommendations by Amazon.Just on the preview I took the chance, and I am so glad I did. Its a cumulation of scenes in the lives of New York, late 20something, city dwellers, exploring friendship, love, relationships and their convoluted, unfulfilling views on all of it.This is a WINNER on so many levels. The acting is low key but touching and excellent. The storyline(s) very moving. I love the men in this movie, Josh Radnor rocks! But Sam#2 has got to be my fave, amongst the men. As it seems with other contemporary films, the women always seem to be the heroic saviors of the messed up men. In this film however, under very low radar, the men turn out to be the heroic saviors of the messed up women. This was such a sweet aspect and done so subtly, that it wins you over with its charm.For me this film comes down to the EXCEPTIONAL writing. There were no cold spots in this script. It was clever, imaginative, honest and compelling. It covers the standard human quest TO LOVE AND BE LOVED but in a very fresh and sincere way.No car chases, no shoot'em ups, no sweeping, fancy apartments, just dialogue and interactions that make you listen and THINK. I rented it but now will buy it.Don't miss out on this gem.
If you live the life in films that I do, you will be offended when afilmmaker takes his responsibilities lightly. That is what I felt whenwatching this. The writer of the thing has made himself the central character: awriter who has trouble producing a long form work and instead createsshort stories. He (the filmmaker) thinks he can get away with giving us three smallstories instead of a real film. The central precedent of course isAltman's 'Short Cuts' made into a subgenre by Anderson. But those menworked on a long form where characters and situations were simply splitamong several actors. What we have here is three half hour shortstories about relationships. The irony of the thing is that there ate two folds referencing thisinadequacy (seen as an acceptable narrative strategy). The first ofcourse is the many references to the on-screen writer (and indeed allthe male love interests) to work in long form. The second is a juvenile who plays mo role whatever except to produceamazing small artworks that we are supposed to accept as genuine art. I must admit that the craft is well executed. Sequences are tied bysongs of the sort sung by one of the (supposedly endearing) characters.There are a lot of feel-good buttons pressed here and the . But theoverall effect is that the filmmaker has a superficial understanding oflove and story (which means love). Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
Greetings again from the darkness. If such a thing existed inHollywood, I wouldn't be surprised if Woody Allen brought a TrademarkInfringement suit against writer/director Josh Radnor. There is even aclear reference to Mr. Allen, who must be one of Radnor's idols. Ofcourse, similar ideas and approaches happen frequently in movies, soreally what we have is a snapshot in time of what it's like to be ayoung (late 20's to early 30's) New Yorker trying to figure out life.Radnor is one of the stars of "How I Met Your Mother" and this is hisfilmmaking debut. He does show some promise despite some weakness inthe script and too dang many close-ups - talking heads, as I call them.His goal was to take an intimate look at relationships and the road tomaturity, which is often filled with potholes. This seems especiallytrue for those artistic types who are convinced New York is the onlyland of opportunity in existence.There are 4 stories going on: Sam (Josh Radnor) is a struggling writerwho meets Mississippi (Kate Mara), a cabaret singer/waitress; MaryCatherine (Zoe Kazan) and Charlie (Pablo Schreiber) have theirrelationship tested by a proposed move to L.A.; Annie (Malin Akerman)suffers from a self-image problem and faces off against a true romanticin Sam #2 (Tony Hale); and an on-going interwoven story line involvesSam's character making an asinine decision when a young boy getsseparated from his family on the subway.The best of the stories is Annie's. Suffering from an auto-immunedisease which leaves her hairless, she has a real self-image problem inthinking that she is not worthy of love. On the ironic other hand, sheis put off by the advances of nice guy Sam #2 because he isn't thephysical specimen she had dreamed of. Akerman and Hale make thesecharacters believable and we actually pull for them to figure it out.Kazan's Mary Catherine just had me hoping Charlie would slap her andtake off to LA on his own. Kazan (granddaughter of the great directorElia Kazan) actually does a nice job capturing the suffering that somany females put themselves through. Kate Mara's Mississippi is theperky on the outside, defensive on the inside type who should probablynever get mixed up with the self-centered mess that is Sam (Radnor).Still, Mara's talent is on full display (she first leaped off thescreen in Brokeback Mountain as Heath Ledger's 19 yr old daughter).One thing the script reminds us is that this generation still believesthe world revolves around their every decision. They have been a bitslow on the uptake here, but it makes for easy pickings in scriptwriting. There are some terrific individual scenes, but some of thelarger plot lines are not treated fairly or completely. Maybe Radnortackled a bit too much for his first outing. Still, a decent effort andI look forward to more from him.
This review is from: happythankyoumoreplease (Amazon Instant Video) Simple, smart, honest, fun. Vignettes of young people in New York City. The city was allowed into the film, giving it's whole texture, rhythm. One way to find interesting movies is to look for "written and directed by". In this case Josh Radnor (who also stars).
Happythankyoumoreplease is a movie that, besides having a reallyintriguing name, is a real feel good movie. A couple of friends in NewYork struggle with their different relationships, trying to make senseand headway in their lives. In their struggles they find love andfriendship where they least expect it. The movie builds on a quite afew clichÃ©s and is predictable, but that is not a real problem as themovie is more about emotion than suspense over what's going to happen.And, despite the characters having some troubles, the emotion is goodthroughout it all. It is a movie that you feel really good afterwatching, and not really remembering what happened. A note though, Iwouldn't categorize it as a comedy. It is not funny in that sense. Itis just a feel good romantic drama.I had two problems with the movie, none of which really is the moviesproblem. Both Sams, Josh Radnor and Tony Hale is for me connected withcharacters in TV-series (Radnor in How I met your mother and Hale inChuck). I had a little problem to see them not behaving as they shouldÂ Other than that, it is a real good movie for a rainy evening.
This review is from: happythankyoumoreplease (Amazon Instant Video) This simple movie reminds us to slow the pace in life and take chances with an open heart and mind. Reminiscent of Woody Allen type movies - Radnor has a bright future! Highly recommend this movie.
Just finished watching this with the hubby and I'm wondering if maybe we're not the target audience. We're in our thirties, been married ten years with a toddler sound asleep in his bed upstairs. We're so far removed from the life portrayed in this film that we couldn't relate to many of the characters.The main character, Sam, is a freelance writer who mostly does short stories. He has trouble with the longer, form, the novel, and his life mirrors that since his relationships are mostly short-lived (with the exception of his best friend.)This is a movie about Sam and his friends growing up.The good things about the movie are that there were some moments that made us laugh. Also, I thought I thought the ideas were original.If this is Josh Radnor's first jaunt as writer, he should do it more often.The bad things however, outweigh the good. I had a hard time really liking any of the characters. I felt like they were making obviously stupid decisions. I also had a hard time buying Radnor as Sam because every time I looked at him, I saw Ted Mosby. His mannerisms were the same as Ted, he was just a much more irresponsible version of him. I also thought some of the dialogue was awkward, especially in the bar when Sam is flirting with Mississppi.So we'll probably not watch this a second time, but again, I don't think we're the target audience. Perhaps younger people would enjoy this.
Than this is a movie for you. With a great ensemble cast and 4 story lines , the movie moved right along. The soundtrack was also very good. There were alot of interesting points that were made about relationships and life in general.
This movie isn't a masterpiece! This is not the Godfather nor theSchindler's List! This isn't as good as the 'Pursuit of Happiness' butto be compared with it is what makes it notable.Josh Radnor's Ted Mosby seemed corny in 'How I met your Mother' but Iliked the series anyway. I thought the series were fun at first,overbearing at times but entertaining all the time, nevertheless. Ididn't think Josh had anything more than that shallow character tooffer the world. I'm glad I was wrong.To see Josh's character as Sam in the movie wasn't an eye-opener; itseemed like Ted Mosby with a 3-day beard. He had the same problems withrelationship except he didn't drop the 'L-word' on the first date. Thatsaid, Josh wrote a touching story, well-knit screenplay, believablecharacters with good character development and did better than anaverage director with scores of movies behind them - I don't meandirectors such as Uwe Boll either.This movie does great justice to Josh's creativity and ability. It hasopened me to respect him more as a person than just an entertainer.If you're reading this, Josh, I'd like you to know that you've got tolet the success of this film go to your head, so much, that you nevermake a movie less than spectacular. You've got it in you, mate, Goodluck!
This review is from: Happythankyoumoreplease (DVD) I had never heard of Josh Radnor before I saw his extraordinary Liberal Arts. Now I'm going to go to everything he produces even if he films the phone book. Happythankyoumoreplease is Radnor's first film and it is remarkably accomplished for a freshman effort. As with Liberal Arts, this is a wise, funny and heartwarming movie with a theme of maturity and charity. Radnor's screenplays always treat his viewers with respect.
Josh Radnor, of "How I Met Your Mother" fame, penned and directed this likeable indy dramedy.Here's the scoop. You have six people in NYC. Two who are in a relationship and the other four who are working on it. The main story is Radnor, a short story writer, who takes in a young boy who has been run around the foster system. He's also coming to grips with the fact he might have commitment issues. Another couple is at a crossroads in their relationship and they need to make that next hurtle. In the third story, a girl in a publishing house seems to always pick the wrong guys to date. The guy who adores her, and might be Mr. Right, seems too unlike her. He needs to convince her otherwise.Radnor seems a decent sort and he writes himself that way. His character, Sam, has a good heart but suffers some issues he needs to address. He spends the movie working on things. Kate Mara, as Mississippi, is his 'hope to be' love interest, if he can can resolve things with his demons. Malin Akerman is better than I've ever seen her as Annie, who needs to see that she's worth having a guy who will be good to her. Someone whom she won't need to babysit. Bram Barouh and Zoe Kazan play Spencer and Mary who are working to get to the next level in their relationship. All do a fine job. This is very viewer friendly. Maybe too much so. Radnor is from TV world and it shows here. He felt a bit too much need to resolve all, or most, of the stories. But you do like these people and root for them. They are all maybe a bit too self aware but they know who they are both in their strong and weak suits. They know what they need to do.Josh shoots New York lovingly. He doesn't show you the down and dirty. He shows you the sunny and nice. The soundtrack is of the singer/ songwriter, indy variety which suits things just fine. If you liked "Garden State", you'll probably enjoy this as well.