Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Indie romantic dramedy is gimmicky, but OK for older teens.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The movie ultimately has a positive message about the value and power of love and trust. Almost all of the characters begin the film emotionally hampered or withdrawn, but they all learn to love and let themselves be loved and to overcome their trust issues.

Positive role models & representations

The characters here aren't perfect -- in fact, many of them have big personal challenges to face -- but they learn important things over the course of the movie, from learning to love and trust to living with (and accepting) medical problems.


Characters spend a great deal of time flirting and kissing, with plenty of talk about relationships and sex. Sex is implied, but no sex or nudity is shown.


"F--k" is heard many times, but not constantly. Other words include "s--t," "a--hole," and "whore."


The main character uses an Apple computer, which is shown repeatedly but not mentioned by name.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Most of the adult characters are seen drinking in bars and/or restaurants, sometimes to excess. Their hangovers are played for humor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this indie romantic dramedy set in New York -- which was written and directed by star Josh Radnor of TV's How I Met Your Mother -- focuses on three young couples, each of whom is having some kind of relationship trouble. Teens may or may not be interested in the love woes of older characters, but most of the content is age appropriate for mature teenagers: There are several uses of "f--k" (the main reason for the movie's R rating), plus some drinking, flirting, and kissing (anything more intimate is implied rather than shown).

User Reviews

Adult Written bybill colins September 11, 2011

good for a quiet mid week beige time.

The thing about this film is the theme. In relationships we spend so much time looking for that perfect guy/girl that we forget exactly what perfect is. It isnt... Continue reading
Adult Written bywonder dove October 18, 2012

Dull and bland...

I did not like this film. I admit the first 20 minutes were interesting, but just turned totally cliche and "blah" from there! The title is awful to b... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written by13christina13 February 27, 2012

A teen's prospective

I am sixteen years old and had read on a blog that this movie was really good. I was really reluctant to watch it because I've never seen an R rated movie,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Sam (Josh Radnor), a writer living in New York, is best friends with Annie (Malin Akerman), who works in an office and has an unnamed disease that has robbed her of her hair. She also suffers the aftermath of a series of loser boyfriends. Sam tries to rescue a lost child, Rasheen (Michael Algieri), on the subway and ends up babysitting him for several days. At the same time, he meets and hits it off with bartender/singer Mississippi (Kate Mara), who agrees to a crazy plan to move in with Sam for three days. Meanwhile, Sam's "cousin" Mary Catherine (Zoe Kazan) is having issues with her longtime boyfriend, Charlie (Pablo Schreiber), who wants to move to Los Angeles for a job opportunity. Will everyone find love and happiness?

Is it any good?

The movie plays well in little bursts, with some sharp dialogue to make things sound good. After several years on the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, Radnor makes his feature writing and directing debut with this indie dramedy. The movie suggests that Sam is good with short stories but not so good with novels, and that's how this movie is, too. The overall storylines and emotional threads don't really go very deep or very far.

It also smacks of cheap shortcuts, such as Rasheed, whose character is used more for laughs than for responsibility, or Annie's unnamed disease. Whenever the movie has nothing to say, it resorts to playing a sensitive song by an ironic singer/songwriter. While the performances are fine, the characters are fairly shallow, and it seems like their happy endings come too quickly and too easily; they could probably have used a lot more work.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the movie is saying about love and relationships. Are any of these couples in healthy relationships? Why or why not? What's important to you in a relationship?

  • Do you consider these characters role models? Teens: What do you think your life will be like when you're the age of the characters in this movie?

Movie details

For kids who love romance

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