Watch: Trailer For 'Happythankyoumoreplease' Combines Every Indie Movie You've Ever Seen

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 12, 2011 10:23 AM
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This was the Audience Award winner at last year's Sundance Film Festival and well, we're still trying to figure out why. Maybe it's the way the trailer is cut but "Happythankyoumoreplease," the writing and directing debut of actor Josh Radnor, seems like an amalgam of every indie movie we've seen in the past decade, with attractive young people figuring things out and finding themselves in this crazy thing called modern life.

The film stars Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber, Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, Richard Jenkins and Radnor and chronicles the lives of some young people in New York City who seem to always have a witty line at the ready. We really cringed at the singer and writer meet cute, and Akerman's continual new agey talk drove us bananas in this already too brief trailer (and yes, we realize it's supposed to be a bit over the top, but still). Anyway, these folks will surely figure out their lives and learn some lessons before the final reel runs out, but honestly, we can't say we're too stoked on this one.

Anchor Bay will release the film in theaters on March 4th. Check out the synopsis and trailer below (or in HD at Apple):

On his way to a meeting with a publisher, aspiring novelist Sam Wexler (Radnor) finds Rasheen, a young boy separated from his family on the subway. When the quiet Rasheen refuses to be left alone with social services, Sam learns the boy has already been placed in six previous foster homes and impulsively agrees to let the boy stay with him for a couple days. Dropped into Sam's chaotic, bachelor lifestyle, Rasheen is introduced to Sam's circle of friends; Annie (Malin Akerman) who has an unhealthy pattern of dating the wrong men, as well as an auto-immune disorder which has rendered her hairless, Mary-Catherine (Zoe Kazan) and Charlie (Pablo Schreiber) whose potential move to Los Angeles threatens their relationship, and Mississippi (Kate Mara), an aspiring singer/waitress who tests Sam's fear of commitment. When Sam's unexpected friendship with Rasheen develops, he realizes adulthood is not about waiting for the right answers to get the life you want, but simply stumbling ahead and figuring them out in the process.

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13 Comments

  • Mark | January 13, 2011 7:24 AMReply

    PS: This movie is great. Good job on everyone who made it, I got to check it out last year.

  • Mark | January 13, 2011 7:23 AMReply

    Dude Hackett made his film for this year's fest. HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE came out last year. Did you even read this post? I get he has his little clique of agency / USC peeps but you need to stop using Indie Wire to promote his film (which isn't even finished).

  • BarryJ | January 13, 2011 5:53 AMReply

    Fucking Homecoming didn't get into Sundance but this piece of shit did? Did Sean Hackett murder someone?

  • Jenny | January 13, 2011 3:39 AMReply

    I just saw a screening of this, its actually really wonderful and charming and relatable, it isnt twee or anything, the script is really tight and the acting was great.


    The trailer sucks. The movie is a must-see for someone struggling with their 20s in NYC.

  • Matt | January 13, 2011 3:32 AMReply

    I read the script. It's not very good/it's exactly what you think it is.

    Also, this could be called Over The Shoulder Shots: The Movie. At least Garden State was a creatively filmed bad movie.

  • Hayden Maxwell | January 13, 2011 2:39 AMReply

    Garden State meets About a Boy meets Last Holiday meets Garden State again

  • Christopher Bell | January 13, 2011 12:56 AMReply

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • jimmiescoffee | January 13, 2011 12:45 AMReply

    funny. than sad. than...hopeful with a low fi crap song to wash it down. good read.

  • Thuan Dang | January 13, 2011 12:20 AMReply

    All I could think about when watching the trailer is why the hell is the aspect ratio 2.35:1?

  • rotch | January 12, 2011 11:51 AMReply

    I'm in love with Zoe Kazan and will watch her in anything. Even this (and it sure looks horrible)

  • gtrut4 | January 12, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    Vomit.
    (I hope it does well for them though.)

  • The Playlist | January 12, 2011 11:20 AMReply

    Zoe Kazan lives in my neighborhood. She laughed at my dog's dorky sweater. True story.

  • disfear | January 12, 2011 11:15 AMReply

    now i know why directors play in their own films: to have sex with any actress they want :D

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