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June 1, 2011

Sam: Can we stop running dude? I’m almost 30.

This film is a sharp comedy centered on a group of 20-something New Yorkers struggling to figure out themselves, their lives and their loves. What a cute movie packed with great performances and a great directorial debut from How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor. Critics didn’t agree with me on this one but HappyThankYouMorePlease is a good film that is quirky and avoids the usual cliches of romantic comedies while still maintaining a story of it’s own. If you’re looking for something new and different or if you are an Indie junkie like me, then HappyThankYouMorePlease is the film for you that will leave you saying “moreplease” once the film is over. I can’t help but mention How I Met Your Mother in this, so I wanted to point out that Josh Radnor loves New York.

Josh Radnor’s performance is something unusual, quirky and really impressive. I completely forgot about Ted and seriously believed him as Sam. Radnor definitely will go places and I hope that HappyThankYouMorePlease is a great start to a career in film. Aside from Radnor, the supporting actors give great performances too. Malin Akerman, who is most well known for her performances in Watchmen and The Proposal, but she really shows her strength in this as the alcoholic Annie, who is a friend of Sam. Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale plays Sam #2 (because Annie didn’t want to know his real name) and he delivers as expected but that isn’t surprising considering he’s genius in practically anything he’s in. The real scene stealer in this is little Michael Algieri who plays the Rasheen, who is staying with Sam until he know’s what to do with the kid. This kid is funny, talented, and a great fit for this film.

As far as direction goes, I could not have been more pleased. Radnor obviously explored different shots throughout because you can see him making use of cramped spaces to make it look more realistic which reminded me a lot of The Social Network. While not every shot is perfect, it’s good enough to pass off. Overall, HappyThankYouMorePlease is a good romantic comedy and a great directorial debut from How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor which I recommend.

Rasheen: Can I have a cookie?
Sam: It’s a party dude, you can have like ten cookies.

3 1/2 out of 5

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