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

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 12, 2011 at 10:23AM

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.
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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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