“happythankyoumoreplease”
‘happythankyoumoreplease” is one of those ensemble pieces set in New York City, where everyone is single, everyone is looking for romance, and nobody can quite figure out what to do with their lives. Josh Radnor plays Sam, a struggling writer who is late for his big appointment with his editor (Richard Jenkins) because he overslept with some anonymous woman (we see only her ankles) who couldn’t get out of his apartment fast enough. On the subway, he sees a boy, Rasheen (Michael Algieri) get separated from his family, and this makes him even later, not knowing what to do with the child who doesn’t seem to want to speak. Later, Sam discovers that Rasheen has been bouncing from one foster home to another, and wants to stay with Sam, but that’s not as easy, legally, as…taking home a goldfish (as one of his friends puts it).
His friend Annie (Malin Akerman), struggling with a strange disease that takes away all body hair, including her eyebrows, tries to throw a party, anyway, and also tries to fend off the unwelcome advances of her old boyfriend, as well as the unwelcome advances of some nerd at work. But it’s the nerd who shows her that just because she thinks she’s unlovable doesn’t mean that she isn’t deserving.
Sam meets Mississippi (Kate Mara), who works as a waitress in a bar, and is instantly smitten, but she has her own issues-----she really wants to be a nightclub singer, and she’s tired of being hurt. Together, they make a pact to be with each other for three days, which seems like an eternity to both of them, but it’s the only way they can both overcome their reflex disassociation. After a while, it’s so natural to be alone that it feels weird being with anybody.
Sam is also friends with Charlie (Pablo Schreiber), who is trying to convince his girlfriend, Mary Catherine (Zoe Kazan) to move to L.A. with him. But she thinks that’s the end of the earth. They really care about each other, but they seem to have different life goals. And then they discover that they have more in common than they knew.
Can anybody really find what they need in relationship? Well, here, everybody gets a little of what they want, but nobody achieves their ideal. And what you really need may not actually be what you think you want. But love has a way of breaking through, anyway, despite even our best efforts to ignore it, suppress it, or hope it goes away and leaves us alone.
“happythankyoumoreplease” is a reference to the kind of karma achieved when you begin to be grateful to the universe for what you do have, and then ask for more. As if the universe, like your kindly old mother, is more than happy to give you another piece of pie if you’ll just say the magic words: “happythankyoumoreplease”.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Co-Pastor, United Presbyterian Church, Greenville , Texas