Written, directed, and starring Josh Radnor (CBS’s How I Met Your Mother), happythankyoumoreplease is your standard romantic comedy with a bit of an edge. While watching this movie if you’re a guy you’ll think that all the women are over-emotional, if you’re a women you’ll think all the men are idiots, in other words the film is stereotypically true to life. Starring Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber and Tony Hale, the film is slightly more intelligent, real, and honest depiction of a romantic comedy — although it’s not completely free of cliches, it is an intelligent film for it’s genre.
The film follows six New Yorkers who all seem to be wandering around, working in the arts and looking for love in the city. The film begins by Sam Wexler finding a young boy on the subway who has been separated from his family. Sam can’t seem to figure out what to do with the kid so he takes him home and (you’re going to have to put your fact checkers away for this next part…) ends up keeping him for nearly a week because he’s a good artist! Meanwhile Sam finds Mississippi, a southern girl trying to make it in NY and decides to play “house” with her for a couple of nights, another couple debates giving up NY for LA, while Annie a girl with alopecia, finally finds love where she least expects it.
One of the best things about the film were this number of great references to people and things you don’t normally hear in a rom-com such as Flannery O’Connor and Krammer Vs Krammer. Who references Flannery O’Connor in a rom-com!? Unless you’re a Lit major in college you probably haven’t even heard of her (she’s amazing by the way, check out “Wise Blood” if you dare). The film’s tone was made for general audiences but there were quite a few tidbits to chuckle over for the more intellectual movie goer.
My big problem with the film, was the story following Annie, the woman with no hair. Despite her lack of follicles, she’s still gorgeous and you can tell would have men begging for chance to be in her presence. He big revelation is that an “average” guy tells her that he will be her puppy dog and worship her and she suddenly finds him attractive and wants to be with him. Anyone else see something wrong with that? How about she just finds someone to treat her right and falls for him? That being said, apparently it might actually be more realistic for a hot girl to find an average guy attractive if he lies down in puddles for her. Something about it doesn’t sit right with me though…
Overall the film was fun, almost the best of it’s genre (Cyrus has it beat) and is definitely worth seeing when it makes it’s way into mainstream theaters.