Movie review: Happythankyoumoreplease

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A sitcom star writes, directs and stars in a movie about young people and relationships. You're thinking "Garden State," right?

Nope. "How I Met Your Mother" star (and Bexley native) Josh Radnor is the one pulling the Zach Braff in "Happythankyoumoreplease."

Radnor stars as Sam Wexler, a writer struggling to make the leap from short stories to a novel.

We are introduced to Sam's circle of friends, including Annie (Malin Akerman), who has an immune deficiency that renders her hairless. Sam also takes home a small child he finds on the subway and has a budding flirtation with a waitress named Mississippi (Kate Mara).

So how does our hometown boy do? Well, it's a mixed bag.

The script is a challenging one, with intersecting stories and a bevy of characters. It's a little uneven - it probably could have shed a storyline and is occasionally too offbeat for its own good (see: hairless character).

There are more than a few truly lovely moments, which only makes the misfires stand out in contrast.

Radnor clearly has talent on all fronts, though, and I'm eager to see how he grows as a filmmaker. I definitely want "moreplease."

Radnor will be at the Drexel for an audience Q&A at the 7:30 p.m. Friday show.

Be happy:


Opens Friday at the Drexel

2 1/2 stars out of 4