Happythankyoumoreplease has enough charming moments

14 May

happythankyoumoreplease

When this debuted at Sundance in 2010, I couldn’t wait to see what Josh Radnor had in store for his film debut as writer and director. I was impressed at his ability to tell multiple storylines while keeping the film organized and engaging.
Sam Wexler (Radnor) is a struggling writer, but his decision-making process is in question when he allows an abandoned young boy (Michael Algieri) to come live with him. Sam’s life is connected to his friends, Annie (Malin Akerman), who has committment issues, Mississippi (Kate Mara), a cute singer/waitress that catches Sam’s attention, and a couple, Charlie and Catherine whose possible move to Los Angeles is testing their relationship. Happythankyoumoreplease has enough charming moments to feel good about these characters trying to negotiate love, friendship, and one’s identity in New York City. Akerman, Mara, and Algieri’s performances stand out, but Radnor would have served the film better staying behind the camera. In the end, happythankyoumoreplease.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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