Directed by: Josh Radnor
Written by: Josh Radnor
Other cast: Josh Radnor, Malin Åkerman, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri, Pablo Schreiber, and Tony Hale
Release date: March 04, 2011
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running time: 1h40min
Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.
A story of relationships, happythankyoumoreplease deals with the struggles facing several pairs trying to find their way. The film centers on Sam (Radnor), a writer, and Rasheen (Algieri), a foster care child, who meet each other when Rasheen is abandoned on the subway. The film comes to also involve Sam’s best friend Annie (Åkerman), an Alopecia patient trying to find a reason to be loved; his cousin Mary Catherine (Kazan) and her boyfriend Charlie (Schreiber), a couple facing the prospect of leaving New York; and Mississippi (Mara), a waitress/singer trying to make it in the city.
Radnor wrote the film while working on the first and second seasons of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He then had actors read for roles, wrote revisions, and sought financing for two years. Radnor received financing in April 2009 and began shooting in July 2009 in New York, after six weeks of pre-production. The film was selected for the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered on January 22, 2010. It won the audience award for favorite U.S. drama.
Myriad Pictures bought the international distribution rights for the film. The publisher Hannover House bought the North American distribution rights, but they were later acquired by Anchor Bay Films.