Happythankyoumoreplease: A Gently Worthless Script of Emotional Awakening
Sam (Josh Radnor) lives a slightly slummy version of sitcom-character leisure, his flirtatious lip-pursing in East Village bars financed by his short-fiction sales. (Freelance writing is defined herein as a career involving immaculate stubble, vertically stacked paperbacks, and occasional glancing at a laptop.) Sams routine is disturbed when he meets a young black child separated from his foster parents on the subway. Learning Rasheens history of bouncing between homes, Sam illegally adopts the moppet, using him as a pickup ice-breaker and outfitting him in band tees, like any NYC designer kid. Sams treatment of Rasheen as an accessory is believable of this callow characterbut Happythankyoumoreplease uses child actor Michael Algieri in much the same way, as a docile instrument to trigger Sams emotional awakening. How I Met Your Mother star Radnor contrasts Sams end-of-20s taking-stock with his acquaintances B- and C-story threads, transitions generously greased by feeble folk-rock with intrusive, inappropriate lyrics (the movie eventually reveals a musical-theater heart, with love interest Kate Mara delivering Kander and Ebbs Sing Happy). Malin Akerman dons a bald pate as alopeciad Annie, Sams unlucky-in-love gal pal, while couple Mary Catherine (Zoe Kazan) and Charlie (Pablo Schreiber) uncover fresh banalities in the NY or L.A.? conversation. Arrested Developments Tony Hale nearly overcomes the gently worthless script, playing Annies dork suitor, and convincingly transforming himself from toad to prince.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.