Anchor Bay Nabs Josh Radnor's HappyThankYouMorePlease
I'm writing about this film because it was one of my favorites from Sundance this year, but it's having some distribution troubles. Deadline says that the original distributor, Hannover House, who picked up the film in March, has given up the rights to Anchor Bay Films instead, who will still release it in theaters. The film I'm talking about is Josh Radnor's HappyThankYouMorePlease, a romantic comedy of sorts that won the Audience Award at Sundance. The film stars Radnor, of "How I Met Your Mother" fame, as well as Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, and others, like 9-year-old Michael Algieri (who plays a key role).
In addition to starring in the film, HappyThankYouMorePlease was written, directed and produced by Josh Radnor. It's kind of an ensemble film with a few different stories, but the main focus is on an unsuccesful author named Sam (Radnor) who accidentally ends up as the caretaker of a lost 9-year-old kid, all the while trying to woo a beautiful singer he meets at a bar named Mississippi (Mara). The IMDb synopsis explains: "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."
Apparently Hannover House hasn't been doing well with their releases and decided to give up this film (and a few others). But because it's so loved (it did win the Audience Award), Anchor Bay came to the rescue and swooped it up. They're not the biggest distributor, but they should do a good job getting this out there and building some buzz for it, as it deserves it. For anyone curious about that title HappyThankYouMorePlease, it comes from some fantastic lines in the film when Tony Hale (who plays another key character) is talking about some wisdom he gained from a cab driver. It actually works perfect in the context of the film overall.
Deadline didn't hint as to when this will be out, but I'll definitely keep you updated on Anchor Bay's release plans, as this is one film I'm anxious to support. You can read my 9 out of 10 review from Sundance as well.