There is a fine line to walk as an indie dramedy, and HappyThankYouMorePlease seems to walk right up to the line and then raise its eyebrow.
On the optimistic front, Neil really loved it when he saw it at Sundance last year and talked it up as the natural next step in the evolution of romantic comedies signified by 500 Days of Summer. The comparison seems obvious even from just the trailer, but Josh Radnor (of How I Met Your Mother) seems to want to juggle more than one relationship here with his writing/directing/starring debut.
Check out the trailer for yourself:
Malin Ackerman looks shocking here. Not because of her appearance, because she looks like she’s actually acting. That’s a great starting point, and even though the film looks like it’s got a lot of quirk to it, the storyline about Radnor’s character and the young boy seems like it will ground things nicely with a serious dramatic situation.
Plus, Tony Hale! Yes. Looking great in a part that doesn’t involve a hook for a hand. Hopefully he was paid in unlimited juice.
Over all, it scares with its potential for quirk-overload, but it still offers a lot of reasons to be hopeful for a great flick. Happythankyoumoreplease opens in select theaters March 11, 2011.
What did you think?
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