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In a Day (DVD Review)

16 Dec, 2009 By: Billy Gil

Prebook 12/21/09; Street 1/26/10
$24.98 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Lorraine Pilkington, Finlay Robertson, Rose Keegan, Tracy O’Flaherty.

Charming and immensely likeable romantic comedies aren’t so common, so viewers should cherish this one from writer-director Evan Richards.

The British film centers on barista and jazz musician Ashley (Lorraine Pilkington), who is having a really crappy day — a jerk on the streets propositions her and throws coffee all over her when she refuses.

Along comes Michael (Finlay Robertson), a patron of hers who sees she’s having a rough time and offers to give her a great day instead.

Understandably, Ashley is confused and wary, but Michael loosens her up with good meals, a fresh haircut and tons of thoughtful gestures. But Michael’s too good to be true — he has a secret.

Richards’ film moves along casually but not sleepily, with witty dialogue and actors that don’t try too hard. In a Day is at times too quiet, but it wins you over by telling a small story well, without overreaching. It’s not intellectual like Before Sunrise or touching like Say Anything, but since it’s miles away from the brainlessly sappy and shrill films that currently make up the genre, I’ll take it.

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