Review: ‘5 Star Day’

'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."

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.

5 Star Day

Production

A Breaking Glass Pictures release of a Lucid Entertainment presentation of a Virtu Entertainment production. Produced by Mike Robertson, Danny Buday, Joel Mendoza. Executive producer, Mike Robertson. Co-producer, Shannon Makhanian. Directed, written by Danny Buday.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Jason Oldak; editor, Curtis Pierce; music, Ryan Beveridge; production designer, Megan Hutchinson. Reviewed on DVD, New York, Oct. 30, 2011. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Cam Gigandet, Jena Malone, Max Hartman, Brooklyn Sudano, Will Yun Lee, Julianna Guill, Chris Johnson, Nick Chinlund.
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