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Item Type: BLU-RAY DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 06/21/11
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Critics are wrong. This is a very good movie. June 25 2011
By Ridingsolo - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not going to summarize the story. Plenty of that already out there. My thoughts about the movie are that if you like movies that focus on the characters and their relationships rather than a linear story, this movie is a rare treat. Extremely well thought out. Bad title almost kept me away. Glad I took a chance. I thought it was fantastic in all areas. Interesting relationships with likable people, many life lessons mostly well presented, good production value, score was beautiful, smart character studies, perfectly understated delivery by the actors. Found myself pausing to think about what was presenting at the moment. Clearly the best of the current bunch playing.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lonely Young New Yorkers Are Looking for Someone to Love Them in Josh Radnor's Appreciative "HappyThankYouMorePlease" July 19 2011
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Sam Wexler is a lonely, struggling writer living in Manhattan. While rushing to make it on time to an interview with a publisher, he rescues a cute orphan boy, Rasheen, who is lost on the subway. The interview is ruined. To complicate matters, Rasheen won't allow Sam to take him to the police. Sam falls in love with Mississippi, a gorgeous waitress who is a struggling singer. Sam's best friend, Annie, has low self esteem because of an autoimmune deficiency that has left her bald; she is attracted to losers like a magnet but has been deflecting the advances of a successful, kind-hearted lawyer, Sam 2, who works in her company. Sam's other friends, Mary-Catherine and Charlie, who live together, are afraid of taking their relationship one step further to the marriage altar.

An evangelist once taught me that Christians should have an attitude of gratitude. In other words, we should always be thankful for what we have been given. When Annie once stepped into a cab, the Indian driver told her she had the potential to be very happy if she always said "Thank you" and followed it with "More please." Charlie once told Mary-Catherine that LA was a blank canvas that reflects one's attitudes. If you believe you're going to love LA, then you'll see it as the best city in the world. From watching "HappyThankYouMorePlease," I've learned that, in order to achieve success, love, happiness, and all the other good things in life, one must believe in oneself and have a positive attitude that one will obtain them. This is a spiritual concept that is prevalent in most religions.

"HappyThankYouMorePlease" is a sweet, quirky, uplifting film that is fun to watch. It will encourage the lovelorn not to lose hope in finding someone special and eventually having a family. I believe that Sam's reluctance to surrender Rasheen to the authorities is the product of his subconscious desire to have a family. He is pushing thirty and his biological clock (men also have them) is probably screaming for him to begin reproducing. As soon as Sam finds the adorable surrogate "son", he finds the adorable surrogate "wife", Mississippi. He barely knows her when he practically begs her to move into his apartment. Mary-Catherine and Charlie are close to the altar but are having commitment issues. Several surprises help spur them onward. I think Annie is extremely attractive (I love her wardrobe); unfortunately, she doesn't. She soon learns after dating the witty, sincere lawyer that true beauty comes from within.

The soundtrack is excellent. Much of the music, provided by singer/songwriter Jaymay, contains lyrics that complement the film's drama. The DVD contains a short featurette that focuses on Jaymay. Also, the DVD has deleted scenes that further explain what is transpiring in the film; they are essential viewing. They include one disturbing scene in which Rasheen kicks and beats on a boy who purposely walked into him. When Sam scolds him, Rasheen asks him if he's going to beat him. This scene hints at the abuse the little boy must've suffered at the hands of his foster parents and why he doesn't want to return to them. Without this scene, the film does not contain any violence. Neither does the film contain graphic depictions of sex. There is only the frequent use of the four-letter "f" word, which gives it an R rating.

Anchor Bay Entertainment has provided an excellent presentation of "HappyThankYouMorePlease" on DVD. As mentioned before, it has a featurette on Jaymay and deleted scenes; it also has a theatrical trailer and audio commentary provided by Producer/Writer/Director/Actor Josh Radnor (star of the hit television series "How I Met Your Mother") and Producer Jesse Hara. The film is presented in its theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and has English and Spanish subtitles. Thank you Anchor Bay for providing subtitles for those of us who are hearing impaired.

"HappyThankYouMorePlease" is not a raunchy, hormonally driven sex comedy. It is an emotionally uplifting, inspirational, teary-eyed romance that gives people like me, who've been single for a very long time, hope that there is someone out there for them. Though it is not totally realistic, it does, however, provide excellent advice on having a positive attitude towards one's self image and self worth. In order to be loved, one must first love oneself. Remember Whitney Houston's hit song, "Greatest Love of All." The greatest love of all is learning to love oneself. How very true. In conclusion, I must state that this film has made me very Happy. To Josh Radnor, I must say, "Thank You." Furthermore, I beseech him to please make more movies like this one. "More Please."

Joseph B. Hoyos
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Excessive Indie Quirkiness, But Not Without Its Share Of Heart And Charm June 21 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
I think that it's become my mantra--"quirk is the curse of independent cinema." In an effort to be cutesy and/or clever, films have been systematically stripping away genuine warmth and humor by presenting character types and sitcom contrivances instead of mining what is really funny in our everyday foibles. It becomes a fine balancing act, then, because a good quirky film can be both hysterical and touch your heartstrings. However, one that goes over the top can be painfully unreal and hard to sit through. And, in my opinion, there is very little middle ground. Josh Radnor's (How I Met Your Mother) debut feature "HappyThankYouMorePlease" cues you in right away with its title to its eccentric feel good nature. But after a pretty painful beginning and one incredibly off-putting storyline, Radnor's film overcomes its cliches with a likable cast selling even its most awkward moments.

Radnor, who also wrote and directed the film, stars as a typical commitment-phobic man/child. A New York writer (who supports himself with absolutely no discernable source of income), Radnor engages in an appropriately zany new romance with a very appealing Kate Mara. In addition, he encounters a little boy on the subway that seems to have nowhere to go. While I won't divulge much here, what Radnor does with the boy is so outrageously improbable and illogical--it strains every notion of suspension of disbelief. As a central plot line, you have to give up all reason and just go with it. But it seriously almost completely derails the entire film. Much better are the other two story lines--co-workers Malin Akerman and Tony Hale beginning an unlikely romance and couple Zoe Kazan and Pablo Schreiber entering a new dimension of their life together.

Aside from Radnor, the other main characters seem much more grounded and relatable. As their relationships evolve, there is a tender believability that can be quite engaging. And Mara, despite the script's uneven tone, brings real warmth to her role as a struggling cabaret singer and waitress. But the film still relies on some unnecessary quirks to make it utterly irresistible (but trust me, I resisted!). Radnor is apparently supposed to be so winning that everyone forgives his eccentricities and irresponsibility, but he doesn't come off very well. Akerman's character has alopecia (isn't it wacky that she's bald?), but far worse is the fact that she has a party to lecture all her friends about her condition. What--didn't they notice when she lost her hair? Seems the subject probably would have been dealt with on an individual basis, but it's so much more eccentric to have a party! Of course, the soundtrack is also littered with expected indie artists delivering heartfelt songs that parallel the plot--Radnor really followed the play book. Yet, the film still had a sweet tone and some nice moments. For lighthearted escapism, it works fine. About 3 1/2 stars, I'll round up for the extended cast and two of the three central stories. KGHarris, 5/11.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant little movie Sept. 25 2011
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is a pleasant little diversion, if you can overlook the implausible and ill-advised idea of taking in a runaway foster child. One wonders why intelligent people don't think ahead- is this going to be trouble, much less illegal? It can be irritating to see this lack of focused actions on the part of screen writers and actors, instead of presenting solutions...but then again perhaps this is some peoples' realities.

We do have a wonderful acting on the part of Malin Akerman who we ache for in her pattern of unsuccessful romance- her story could have been a whole movie.

There are extras included of audio commentary with Josh Radnor and producer Jesse Hara. It does not have subtitles. There are English and Spanish subtitles for the movie itself. Extras include a short section on the music- which does add to the movie and is not intrusive unlike many other movies. Deleted scenes and a trailer are also a part of the special features.

It is a pleasant little diversion with some decent acting included.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
They don't call, they text! June 22 2011
By E.B. Bristol - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Every generation has its own coming-of-age films in which the characters learn life lessons particular to that era, but also universal. In "Reality Bites," Winona Ryder learns that being smart in college does not always translate to making smart decisions in the real world. In "Garden State," Zach Braff learns that the over-medicated life is not worth living. I'm not sure the characters in "Clerks," learn anything major, but in the sequel, they grow up and purchase their own convenience store. So that has to count, right?

I couldn't help but contrast these films to Josh Radnor's "Happythankyoumoreplease," which examines the lives of a handful of twenty-something New Yorkers. Radnor plays a freelance writer, who winds up accidentally caring for a young boy who is trying to avoid the foster care system. His best friend, Annie, (Malin Akerman) is the designated "free spirit" of the group, who eventually finds a soulmate. Two other friends are considering moving to Los Angeles.

At one point, one of the characters mocks the idea that the white, suburban-reared Radnor is going to learn life lessons from bonding with the African-American Rasheen, and the film does a good job of avoiding becoming a copy of "About A Boy," even if the fact that Radnor could manage to keep the child so long is implausible (not to mention the consequences of what's essentially kidnapping). There were a few moments where I expected the film to turn darker, but I guess that was just my Generation X cynicism. I couldn't see any character in "Clerks," or "Garden State," openly declaring that they deserved happiness - without an iota of irony, but if this film is a true example of this generation's philosophy, I'm thrilled that they've somehow managed to wind up more optimistic.

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