Review: My Best Day

Our take on the lesbian-helmed film wowing crowds at Sundance.

Review: My Best Day
Credit: Adam Benn

For a film with a good number of lesbian characters, My Best Day isn’t necessarily a lesbian movie in the traditional sense. And that’s a good thing.

Centering on a day in the life of one particular woman on one particular day in Smalltown, USA, My Best Day highlights the Fourth of July as celebrated in rural America from a female, working class, and lesbian (and gay) perspective.

My Best Day is a funny film relatable to all types of audiences that retains the integrity of its lesbian roots from out lesbian writer/director Erin Greenwell. Greenwell’s vision of small town life is right-on, her comedic timing perfect and her depiction of both lesbian and straight characters charmingly – and in a few cases, alarmingly – off-kilter.

Without being a spoiler, the storyline revolves around Karen (Rachel Style), a receptionist working the holiday shift at a local refrigerator repair shop. An unexpected phone call sends Karen searching for her own past. She brings along her lesbian pal Meagan (Ashlie Atkinson) for an risky ride where they encounter all manner of quirky, foolish and touching characters who are simultaneously utterly bizarre and eerily mundane.

There are dykes on bikes, teen bullying, vegan barbeques, trailer parks, lesbian lust, OTB gambling addiction, lesbian love, long lost family members and, finally, self-love.

Truly funny lesbian comedies (or comedies about lesbians) are few and far between. Even rarer is a competent director with a tight script who tells a hilariously poignant story we can all believe, invest in and laugh and cry over.

“My Best Day” will likely be making the rounds of LGBT film festivals this year. Watch for updates at www.mybestdaythemovie.com

My Best Day Trailer from Erin Greenwell on Vimeo.

 

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