"Happythankyoumoreplease" Movie Trailer Review

2/01/2011 Posted by Admin


Movie Trailer Review

By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover

Do you remember that movie "Garden State"? You know, the quirky indie drama with that one guy from that one wacky sitcom? Well, it's okay if you don't remember it because some guy from some other wacky sitcom has decided to basically make it all over again, but this time with the plot of Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" thrown in for good measure--but with a black kid instead of a white one.

If that sounds offensive and saccharine and just plain wrong, well, good, because it should. Josh Radnor, i.e. the non-famous guy on "How I Met Your Mother," has decided that his debut as a writer-director should be exactly like Zach Braff's because, hey, it worked out well for that guy. "Happythankyoumoreplease" is the result of that decision and based on its trailer, it's so twee your heart's going to explode.

You see, Radnor stars as Sam, a (surprise!) struggling writer. This is totally different from "Garden State" because that film was about a struggling actor. And he's falling for a quirky Manic Pixie Dream Girl in the form of Kate Mara's Mississippi, a hilariously named cabaret singer/waitress. Sure, she's not like Natalie Portman's character, since she doesn't appear to be a pathological liar and she doesn't have any strange ailments like epilepsy to deal with...oh, right, that's because Sam's best friend Annie (Malin Akerman) has alopecia. Isn't that just special?

Somewhere along the line the film fits in a sidestory about a couple who, in typical heartsy indie fashion, are afraid to leave New York and Buster Bluth teaches Annie all about love, because obviously no one can love bald women and the film's tagline of "go get yourself loved" needs to be fulfilled at least three times. The kid is there because who doesn't love sassy black children?

I feel like I've got a mouthful of cavities just from watching the movie's trailer. If I sat down and watched the entire film, I'd likely come away with diabetes. The worst part is that Radnor apparently spent several years getting this flick financed and it managed to win an Audience Award at last year's Sundance. What the hell have I done with my life?

Below is the trailer. What are your thoughts?

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