Here's a fun fact about me (that you probably already knew)- I love all things happy and sunny, embarrassingly so. I try not to, but I'm just a sucker for smiles and happy endings. (Not the kind you have to tip extra for when getting a massage. That just feels wrong.) You can imagine my elation at seeing advertisements for a movie titled HappyThankYouMorePlease. It's kind of guaranteed to be my kind of movie. Too bad I never made it to the theater when it was out, and so I've anxiously been waiting for it to pop up on Netflix. When it did last week, I stayed up until 2AM watching it. Ooops! Well, it was worth it a million times over. So this Sunday afternoon, if you find yourself hanging in bed watching Netflix, (and who doesn't?) this movie must be added to your Instant Play Queue.
The movie was written and directed by Josh Radnor (Ted from How I Met Your Mother), in his directorial debut. I now have such respect for him, it's insane. The movie revolves around a group of 20-something friends, and their struggles with their careers, love, life and what to do when you find an lost little kid on the subway. For real. Sam meets Rasheed, a lost foster kid, brilliantly played by Michael Algieri, on the subway and much of the movie revolves around him deciding what to do with him. It's like Big Daddy but instead of Adam Sandler, it's a struggling writer who likes to get laid and is really good at having the perfect amount of sexy facial hair. The movie also focuses on several of Sam's friends, who are all sort of figuring out how to actually "be" in love. Very poignant shit. Everybody remember Malin Akerman as the bitchy sister in 27 Dresses? Ugh, her role in that movie made me not like her IRL. But HappyThankYouMorePlease totally turned my opinion around. She plays a woman with Alopecia, who I just really couldn't help but like. So, Malin Akerman, (since I know you're totally reading this)- you can thank Josh Radnor for writing such an amazing character and making me not hate you anymore.
I don't want to give anything away with this movie, but it had the perfect ebb and flow of a dram-com, happy at times, sad at times. I might have cried. JUST SAYIN! Watch it!