Back in the Day starring writer/director Michael Rosenbaum and Morena Baccarin (from the hit ABC series “V”) is a guilty pleasure of a movie. If there were a niche genre in which men watch movies alone in the absence of work, errands and their disapproving wives, Back in the Day would be on the top ten list. Jim Owens (Rosenbaum) is looking back on his life and all he sees is disappointment and unfulfillment. Mired in an acting position (as an insurance spokesperson a la Flo from Progressive), Jim wonders what might have been had he never hastily departed his friends and girlfriend for the tantalizing promise of greener pastures. Have no fear however for Jim is back in town to relive his youth from Back in the Day.
The Cast of Back in the Day
Sure, Jim is once again feeling the warmth and comfort of his old friends Skunk (Harland Williams), Isaiah Mustafa (T.), Len (Kristoffer Polaha), and hanger-on Ron (Nick Swardson), yet they are not the tamers of his heart. That job belongs to his long lost love Lori (Baccarin). She is demure and has a unique sense of humor. Jim happens to possess the buttons that once pushed provide a gateway into her beautiful heart. There is just one thing standing in the way of their future bliss…her fiancé!
Mark (Jay Ferguson) is the football player that crushed Jim’s kneecap and ended what could have been a scholarship of a lifetime. Through the miracle of coincidence (and screenwriting!) Mark and Lori are poised to become husband and wife.
Is it Romance or Comedy?
The plot twist of Jim wooing Lori and winning her affection does not take long to materialize. Perhaps it is the raucous automobile boning, the marital strain, and the alcoholism of a pregnant woman that adds that extra sizzle to Back in the Day. Or perhaps it is the fact that most men, whether they would readily admit it or not, are suckers for a really good love story. Masculinity should never be threatened by the enjoyment of written-in-the-stars romance. And if it is under duress, I might want to start watching more crime dramas instead.
Back in the Day Review
Back in the Day is a really entertaining movie that is not a little bit clever. It certainly packs a romantic punch. Kudos to actor/writer/director Michael Rosenbaum for completing the trio on this one. One has to admire his willingness to lay it all out on the line for his pet project. Fortunately, Back in the Day is a great film to tout on his resume and I am looking forward to his future work.