×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

My Best Day

Witty, wacky, multicharacter comedy "My Best Day" features a rural milieu that's authentically American.

With:
With: Rachel Style, Ashlie Atkinson, Raul Castillo, Jo Armeniox, Robert Salerno, Harris Doran.

Witty, wacky, multicharacter comedy “My Best Day” features a rural milieu that’s authentically American: a place where people don’t have health care, run out of gas, get places by walking the train tracks, and don’t even envy each other either. The talented cast of helmer Erin Greenwell’s debut consists of unknowns, which is likely what relegated the film to Sundance’s avant-gardish Next section, an odd placement considering how much this accessible, entertaining item embodies what used to be considered indie spirit.

Filmed largely in rural Pennsylvania, the pic is set on the Fourth of July in a town where everyone’s a character: Karen (Rachel Style) is working the holiday at the local refrigerator repair shop when she gets a call from a man (Hunt Block) who could be her long lost father. Her friend Meagan (Ashlie Atkinson) agrees to come along and pretend to fix the fridge, so Karen can maybe meet her father — and perhaps her sister, Stacey (Jo Armeniox), whom she hasn’t seen since they were kids, as Stacey went to live with Dad after their parents divorced.

Meagan and Karen are told by Eugene (Harris Doran), who’s Dad’s boyfriend, though no one admits it, that Stacey has a serious gambling problem. Stacey’s younger brother Ray (the precocious Robert Salerno), whose existence is not explained, wears wrestling tights and has a yen for Kathy (Haley Murphy), who works the cash register at the local deli.

Meagan has a hankering for a used motorcycle, which she rides down to the local hangout to impress Heather (Kate McKinnon), whom she’s sweet on, ticking off her main squeeze, Amy (Molly Lloyd), a nurse at the local hospital.

One of the funnier threads in the film is Eugene’s search for “meatless meat” for the barbecue, because Ray wants to impress Kathy, who’s a vegetarian. Anyone who’s ever tried to eat vegan in Middle America will sympathize with Eugene, although his problem isn’t really meatless meat; rather, it’s about being different, and the film’s message is how people cope with it.

Greenwell doesn’t need a big budget and big names to get that thought across, although the film has a consistency of tone that indicates she could do more with more. Tech credits are good; Greenwell and d.p. Adam Benn eschew handheld or grainy textures in favor of clear, coherent high-def, leaving any unfocused chaos in the minds of the characters.

My Best Day

Production: A Smithy production in association with H Over Walking Y Prods. Produced by Erin Harper. Executive producer, Beth Bogart. Co-executive producers, Renee Cohen, Margo Cook. Directed, written by Erin Greenwell.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Adam Benn; editor, Babak Rassi; music, Terry Dame; production designer, James Gloria; sound, Jonathan L. Matthews; sound designer, David Briggs; supervising sound editor, David Briggs; assistant director, Diane Bonsignore; associate producers, Ashlie Atkinson, Rachel Style, Sara M. Ingram, Act Zero Films. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Next), Jan. 22, 2012. Running time: 75 MIN.

Cast: With: Rachel Style, Ashlie Atkinson, Raul Castillo, Jo Armeniox, Robert Salerno, Harris Doran.

More Scene

  • Atmosphere91st Annual Academy Awards, Governors Ball

    Inside the 2019 Oscar Parties

    Stars party all around Hollywood before, during, and after the Oscars. Here, Variety hits the town to give you the inside scoop on all the star-studded soirées. Keep checking back throughout the weekend for the latest updates… Impact Awards Gala Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, Feb. 22 Photographers and videographers clamored near the doorways of the [...]

  • Speaker of the United States House

    Nancy Pelosi, Ava DuVernay Honored at VH1 Trailblazers Event

    Cher is feeling a little better about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. “When I see Trump spew his hate and tell his gazillion lies, I get pissed off and feel uneasy at the same time,” the Oscar winner and frequent Trump critic said Wednesday while introducing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at VH1 Trailblazers [...]

  • Karl Lagerfeld'Lagerfeld Confidential' Photocall at the

    Karl Lagerfeld Remembered at Costume Designers Guild Awards

    The death of fashion and costume designer Karl Lagerfeld cast somewhat of a shadow over the usually jubilant Costume Designers Guild Awards — the only award show where clothes literally steal the spotlight away from actors — which was held at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday night. Here it was obvious that Lagerfeld’s impact on [...]

  • Kate Bosworth'Nona' film premiere, New York,

    Kate Bosworth Helps Launch Campaign for Female Filmmakers

    In her 20-year career in Hollywood, Kate Bosworth has starred in blockbusters like “Superman Returns” as well as indie darlings like 2014’s “Still Alice.” But the actress has always had a desire to get more involved from the ground up. Now, she is partnering with Women In Film and Chloe Wine Collection to launch the [...]

  • Amandla Stenberg and Sofia CarsonVanity Fair

    Oscar Week Kicks Off With Vanity Fair's New Hollywood Party

    The night was definitely still young Tuesday at Vanity Fair’s New Hollywood party in Los Angeles. The magazine kicked off Oscar week with a party — the first of its three-event Campaign Hollywood series — at Ysabel in West Hollywood to celebrate new and emerging talent. Co-hosted by Yalitza Aparicio, Henry Golding and Amandla Stenberg [...]

  • Oscars Ultimate Party Guide

    Oscars Ultimate Party Guide 2019

    Welcome to Oscar week. It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s film industry celebrates all things movies. But it’s certainly not just the big show everyone is looking forward to. With voting closed, it’s all about the parties now. Who’s doing what and where and when are they doing it are the questions everyone is [...]

  • Yalitza AparicioTeen Vogue Young Hollywood Party,

    'Roma' Star Yalitza Aparicio, 'Central Park Five's' Jharrel Jerome Sound Off on Trump

    Yalitza Aparicio recently reunited with Alfonso Cuarón, who directed her in “Roma,” for a W magazine photo project that featured her standing at various barriers built at the border between Mexico and the United States. The message? “You can make a name for yourself despite the differences,” Aparicio told Variety on Friday at Teen Vogue’s Young [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content