They say the first rule of writing is “write what you know.” It’s a lesson Josh Radnor — a.k.a. Ted, How I Met Your Mother’s mother-meeter — has apparently learned well: The plot of freshly announced Sundance entrant Happythankyoumoreplease, a film Radnor wrote and directed, sounds a whole lot like an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
For the uninitiated, HIMYM revolves around a crew of five charmingly immature thirtysomethings and their various romantic and personal adventures. Which, as far as we can tell, is what Happy is about as well! The official synopsis reads: “Six New Yorkers negotiating love, friendship and gratitude when they're too old to be precocious and not yet fully adults.” (The initial description, from when Happy was on 2007’s Black List, is darker, but we can assume Radnor had some of his buddies in the HIMYM writers’ room punch it up.) Also, Radnor once again plays a guy with three letters in his name, Sam.
We’d like to congratulate Josh for already being one of the three best sort-of-boring comedy-show-leads turned directors, along with Zach Braff (Garden State) and John Krasinski (Brief Interviews With Hideous Men).