Our next movie is "happythankyoumoreplease." And yes, that's all one word, lowercase, which is just one of the many annoyingly precious things about it.
Josh Radnor of the TV series "How I Met Your Mother" wrote, directed and stars as Sam, an aspiring writer living on New York's Lower East Side. On the way to meet with a publisher, he sees a little boy has become separated from his family on the subway. One bad decision leads to another and another. And suddenly, Sam has taken the boy, Rasheen -- played by Michael Algieri -- into his home.
Clip 3 -- This is hardly Dickensian
At the same time, Sam is trying to date a beautiful bartender and cabaret singer played by Kate Mara. Her character's name is Mississippi -- and she's from Mississippi -- a repeated joke that isn't all that cute the first time.
Clip 2 -- Chances are, I'm not going to call you
Then there's the least interesting of all: the strained relationship between Sam's childhood pal, played by Zoe Kazan, and her boyfriend who wants to move to Los Angeles, played by Pablo Schreiber.
Clip 4 -- I'm not crazy about that shirt
"happythankyoumoreplease" feels unfocused, jumping between all these stories with no real momentum. At the same time, Radnor does find some moments of real humanity and intrigue -- But then frustratingly, he cuts away too quickly, just when a scene is getting good, very weird.
You know, I think Radnor is significantly better at directing himself then he is at directing anyone else in this film and I feel like if it was just him and the kid and maybe not even the waitress, there’s a scene where they get into the back of a police car. If it ended at that moment, that would be like a pretty good 40 minute movie, but it’s not. And this movie, it’s very unusual that a movie can be both over-ambitious and half baked….
That’s a good way to phrase it.
Yeah, it seems like there are too many characters and too much plot and not enough actual ideas.
And then just when things are getting good, it goes to some boring couple fighting and I’m like, “I don’t care, go back to the kid and Josh Radnor who are good together.”
Yeah, I mean this is a very good case of a film where the intention I think is a lot more admirable than the execution.