When a new holiday called Girlfriend’s Day is announced, Ray Wentworth (Bob Odenkirk), a semi-retired romance writer, tries recapturing the romantic feelings he once held to in turn produce the perfect card for the new occasion. Through his journey however, he gets caught up in a complex web of homicide and dishonesty as rival writers compete for the cash given to the person that can create the best greeting card. A short and easy to watch movie that any Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul fan is sure to enjoy. Girlfriend’s Day is currently streaming on Netflix.
Director: Michael Paul Stephenson
Writers: Eric Hoffman, Philip Zlotorynski, Bob Odenkirk
Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Amber Tamblyn
Rather strangely this “movie”, and I use that term loosely, only has a run-time of sixty-five minutes and after just a short while, you begin to realise that it seemed more like an episode of a television show than a feature film. That wasn’t necessarily a terrible thing, however, as the sixty-five-minute run time meant there was very few scenes that felt like they were dragging or could leave the viewer bored.
With that being said, some of the film did seem extremely odd and at times you found yourself dumbfounded at some of the events that were occurring. For starters, the entire movie was set in some form of parallel universe where greeting card writers are hailed as heroes of the nation and rival writers would go as far as murdering each other, just to triumph above everybody else and claim the adulation from others.
At one point, there was even a scene where Ray had visions of his former partner having sex with a rather large bird – the writing creation of her new lover – and just when you thought the weirdness had no bounds, two former Nazi’s jumped on board and began causing chaos for all involved.
Along with the craziness, there was also a number of twists and turns, many of which coming after Ray meets a younger lady called Jill (Amber Tamblyn) and the pair instantly hit it off in a romantic fashion – which also assists Ray in his bid to create the ideal greeting card.
In terms of acting performances, Bob Odenkirk adopted the role of Ray and pretty much had the responsibility of carrying the movie – something he did well. Amber Tamblyn appeared and despite not being a fan of her in pretty much everything she has been involved in previously – she produced a consistent performance as the love interest of Ray. Despite the age difference that many have mentioned, I thought the two had a good amount of chemistry and their relationship felt believable in the narrow screen time they had together.
With extremely limited expectations heading into this one, it turned out to be a relatively straight forward short flick that wasn’t a disgrace to the drama genre. It even had one or two humorous parts, so if you’re wanting to get away from the normal reality of life and slip in a world where greeting cards rule all, you could give this a go.
“Can I use your back door?”Ray Wentworth – Girlfriend’s Day