(Josh Radnor, Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Pablo Schreiber, et al / DVD / R / 2011 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: On his way to a meeting with a publisher, aspiring novelist Sam Wexler (Radnor) finds Rasheen, a young boy separated from his family on the subway. When the quiet Rasheen refuses to be left alone with social services, Sam learns the boy has already been placed in six previous foster homes and impulsively agrees to let the boy stay with him for a couple days.
DVD Verdict: Josh Radnor, CBS' Emmy-nominated 'How I Met Your Mother' wrote, directed and stars in this quirky new film, 'happythankyoumoreplease.' Quirky it may well be, but it is also a sharp comedy centered on a group of 20-something New Yorkers struggling to figure out themselves, their lives and their loves.
As it seems with other contemporary films, the women always seem to be the heroic saviors of the messed up men. In this film however, under very low radar, the men turn out to be the heroic saviors of the messed up women. This was such a sweet aspect and done so subtly, that it wins you over with its charm.
One of the circle of friends examined is Annie who has alopecia (an autoimmune condition) and holds a party to explain her lack of follicles! Sam, the main character who connects with all of the others, suddenly finds that he is in charge of a kid who follows him off the subway and initially does not speak to Sam. The child has left his foster care placement.
Indeed, what surprised me inside of the movie is that while Rasheen played a part, the focus was on Sam and his growth through knowing Rasheen, instead of this being a kid-centered movie. And yes, as Sam discovers in the movie, there are consequences to taking a child home with you, and facing these consequences helps Sam to face his own crisis. The characters are all loveable and this is definitely a feel good movie. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.