Screening at the 2012 Inside Out Film Festival, My Best Day may seem like a rural comedy, but look a little bit deeper and you’ll find a film full of characters just trying to find their place in the world. Written and directed by Erin Greenwell, My Best Day is the story of Karen (Rachel Style), a receptionist at a refrigerator repair shop working on the Fourth of July. She gets a call from her father, whom she has never met, and decides to go to his home to see him. Her friend Meagan (Ashlie Atkinson) poses as a repairman to go with Karen. Over the course of her day, Karen meets her gambling addicted sister, her father’s lover, her lonely younger brother, and a cop searching for his identity.
When things first start out, it doesn’t really seem like everything fits together. Each new scene introduces the viewer to another character, struggling separately with their own problems. Eventually they all come together, learning from and helping each other without even knowing it. Greenwall creatively ties the different stories together perfectly, doing an impressive job keeping each one interesting. Also, the film and its characters are consistently funny in a very natural way.
Ultimately the film’s deeper meaning makes it a winner. Every character is trying to find their place in life, and over the course of one day they just might figure it out. Things may not always work out as intended, but there’s always an opportunity to make an impact on someone else, and sometimes that’s what really is best for everyone. My Best Day is sweet without being sappy, full of realistic characters and is funny from beginning to end.