A bummer of a birthday sends a young man traveling cross-country to interrogate three others born in the same hospital at the same time in "5 Star Day."
A bummer of a birthday sends a young man traveling cross-country to interrogate three others born in the same hospital at the same time in “5 Star Day.” Writer-director Danny Buday’s astrology-themed romantic comedy boasts a promising premise, convincing chemistry between its attractive leads and fine thesping by a defensively edgy Jena Malone. But the uneven script, repetitive tropes and over-indulgence of actorly bits slow the pace, tipping youthful casualness into complacency. “Day,” which opened Nov. 2 in New York and Los Angeles, could snag an indie cable berth.
Losing his job, car and girlfriend was not what Jake (Cam Gigandet, cockily channeling James Dean’s Method-y gestures) envisioned when his horoscope predicted a “five-star day.” Needing a topic for his night-school ethics course, he decides to prove that “astrology is bullshit” by contacting birth mates and recording their birthday experiences. Sarah (Malone) tells of a nightmarish home invasion by a cokehead ex that jeopardized custody of her little girl. Yvette (Brooklyn Sudano), in the pic’s weakest episode, recounts a celebratory dinner gone very wrong. But Wesley (Max Hartman), a talented, underappreciated lounge singer/impressionist in Atlantic City, expansively tops them all.