Happythankyoumoreplease is a 2010 Comedy Drama film written and directed by Josh Radnor in his directorial debut. The film stars Radnor, Malin Åkerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri, Pablo Schreiber, and Tony Hale.
It tells the story of a group of six young New Yorkers, struggling to balance love, friendship, and their encroaching adulthoods.
Sam Wexler (Radnor) is a struggling writer who's having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes the questionable decision to bring the child back to his apartment and thus begins a rewarding, yet complicated, friendship. Sam's life revolves around his friends - Annie (Akerman), whose self-image keeps her from commitment; Charlie (Schreiber) and Mary Catherine (Kazan), a couple whose possible move to Los Angeles tests their relationship; and Mississippi (Mara), a cabaret singer who catches Sam's eye.
The film premiered at the 26th Sundance Film Festival in 2010, where it won the 'Audience Award' and was further nominated for the 'Grand Jury Prize'. On March 4, 2011 it was released in theaters throughout Los Angeles and New York.
Provides examples of:
- Creative Closing Credits: The film's closing billboard lists the cast alphabetically except for Michael Algieri, who was given And Starring citation.
- Ensemble Cast: Although Sam (Wexler) is clearly the main character, the other characters are given equal amount of focus (Annie and Mary Catherine especially).
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Ultimately, Mary Catherine decided to keep her and Charlie's baby.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sam is the Idealist, Annie is the Artisan, Mary Catherine is the Rational and Mississippi is the Guardian.
- Honorary Uncle: Sam and Mary Catherine consider each other cousins because their parents are True Companions.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: The film opens with Sam's one night stand waking up, then getting dressed, and then leaving.
- Numerological Motif: Sam #2 deals with said number twice. First the One-Steve Limit with The Hero of the film itself (hence #2), while the second due to being Annie's Second Love.
- One-Steve Limit: Annie's calls her suitor Sam #2 or simply #2 because he shares his first name with her best friend and The Hero, Sam Wexler.
- The Pollyanna: Annie tries to keep herself from being optimistic even though shit happens to her most of the time.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Deconstructed. Sam's kind gesture of adopting Rasheen without going through legal basis gets him arrested for kidnapping. Annie and Sam #2 bail him out, however.
- The Three Faces of Eve: At first glance, you would think that Annie is the wife, Mary Catherine is the child and Mississippi is the seductress. Personality wise, Annie has the impulsiveness and naivety of the child, Mary Catherine has the most active sex life of the three female characters, and Mississippi is actually a very rational Team Mom.
- Title Drop: Defied. Annie has a mantra of "Thank you, more please!" which she says if she wants positive things to happen, while the word "Happy" is the song Mississippi sang in the end.