Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why Everyone Should See HappyThankYouMorePlease

About a week ago I posted an analysis of my top three scripts. Josh Radnor's HappyThankYouMorePlease is a close fourth.

Go get yourself some lovin'.

HappyThankYouMorePlease is an ensemble piece--probably the first good one in ages--about a couple twenty-something New Yorkers struggling to find direction and meaning in our modern culture. Written in 2007--where it was voted on to the Black List--it took years of work by Radnor (who wrote, directed, edited, produced, and is starring in it) for it to come to fruition. It was premiered at Sundance this year and just opened to a limited audience in New York last weekend.

I don't normally read the Huffington Post, but I was just directed to a great article by Cate from C is for Cinema on Huffington that was written by Radnor.

Radnor in HTYMP and his new best friend.

In summary, the article stipulates why, in a time of post-post-modern-existential speed of thought, where trends and ideas last a good two weeks and we all seem to be incredibly pessimistic, doubtful, or just thoroughly lost, that he chose to spend years slaving over something so...happy.

His answer is very well written and very intelligent. The normal stigma we give to "happy" films is that they're less intellectually fulfilling. My experience in reading HTYMP was the exact opposite. It's an extremely smart script, that challenges our modern thoughts and beliefs on happiness and success. And so does Radnor's article.

I highly recommend you go view this movie when it's available at a theatre near you. And, if it already is, than go see it on this rainy weekend. It'll make you so Happy that you'll say Thank You and come back for More saying Please.

That last joke was pretty bad but in all honesty this is required viewing for twenty-somethings everywhere. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see this film! I have heard so many positive reviews, and after reading that article I am very excited to see the feel good movie that has garnished so much attention. It is interesting that such happy films are viewed as cheap cop outs, where more pessimistic scripts are deemed clever and insightful. I wonder how much of this attitude is due to the heavy themes explored in darker films, and how much is due to the attitude of our current society.