Gratitude is Good
Review by Ross Anthony

It's not a gem, though it has its moments. Josh Radnor writes, directs, and stars … which is an admirable achievement, though the quality of each task remains rather mediocre, with direction perhaps, being his strongest suit. We follow 3 relationship stories, two that are interesting enough, but one of which is rather annoying (that's 1/3 of the film right there). Unfortunately Josh failed to win me over to either his character or his acting (not sure which wasn't working for me).

As for the writing, the film opens with a fairly engaging set-up complication, but develops it only on an awkward surface level, and then ultimately, ironically abandons a deeper growing experience for back-and-forth relationship bickering. That said, there are moments of strong dialogue. And Josh has created a very likeable character that Malin Akerman brings to life beautifully. Nonetheless, it's Tony Hale (and his nicely written dialogue) that gives the film some real spark.

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  • Starring Josh Radnor, Tony Hale, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber, Michael Algieri. Written and Directed by Josh Radnor. .

Grade..........................B- (1.5/4)

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