Posted by: popcouver | June 29, 2011

happythankyoumoreplease Review

No, that was not a typo. It’s the title of Joshua Radnor’s directorial debut. Not only did he direct, but the How I Met Your Mother star also wrote and starred in the film, happythankyoumoreplease. Since watching the trailer on my MacBook’s FrontRow app, I knew this was a film I had to see.

Low budget indie films are often hard to track down, but I usually find that renting them on iTunes is the easiest option, rather than calling every rental store in the Lower Mainland. So, that’s what I did, and then snuggled into a loveseat with two of the girls to watch it.

To be fair, the trailer tells you pretty much the whole story. However, the beauty of the film isn’t in the typical intro, rising action, climax, and falling action. The beauty is in between the lines, within the characters.

The film tells the story of Sam, a twenty-something writer living in New York City. While on the Subway, heading to an interview, Sam witnesses a young boy, Rasheen, getting separated from his mother. Though Sam attempts to deliver Rasheen back to his family, he soon learns that Rasheen is a foster child who would much rather stay with Sam than return to his assigned home. The two characters travel through time and space together, interacting with Sam’s friends and love interest, and gain inspiration and friendship from one another.

Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, and Tony Hale round out this cast of characters, in the truest sense of the word. If you’re in the mood for a feel good film about life, love, belonging, and friendship, then this movie will fit the bill nicely. The heartfelt debut work by Joshua Radnor is funny, quirky, quick, and undeniably real.


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