Posted: 02/10/2012


5 Star Day

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Breaking Glass Pictures recently released director Danny Buday’s debut feature film 5 Star Day, starring Cam Gigandet and Jena Malone on DVD and Blu-ray. 5 Star Day follows Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet) as he unwittingly falls victim to his horoscope, which forecast a flawless day the morning of his birthday. He quickly realizes his entire world is about to be turned upside down as everything that could go wrong does.

Now, determined to disprove the theory of Astrology, Jake embarks on a journey to find and interview his three cosmic twins to see if their birthdays proved to be as disappointing as his own. Jake’s pursuit in finding his three Astrological matches (or Zodiac twins) will not only test his convictions, but validate how life’s unexpected twists of fate can deliver much more than the anticipated. He also learns an important lesson about life, love, fate and destiny that will change his life forever. His birthday was the duds, with him losing his job, having his car stolen and finding his girlfriend cheating on him.

Jake lives on the West Coast and lucks up and finds two of his cosmic twins in Chicago. However, his trip is filled with fantasy and surprises. And along the way, he believes more and more in Astrology and is compelled to do good for the people with whom he shares his project.

One particular person, a young, single mother has had a hard time with her ex-boyfriend and is just keeping her head above water. He finds a way, after convincing her to have coffee with him, to help her in ways that she could never imagine. Another person is consoled after he finds out that she is grieving after she was driving a car that hit a young boy and caused him slight injuries. He reassures her that everything will be ok, and he gives her the strength to come out of her rut.

Finally, he travels to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he runs into an aging lounge singer who covers Frank Sinatra. I liked Jake and the premise of this movie; because he seemed so negative at first, and his faith was quickly restored.

5 Star Day was written and directed by Danny Buday; produced by Mike Robertson, Danny Buday and Joel Mendoza and is executive produced by Mike Robertson. 5 Star Day received several accolades for its top notch cast, including Cam Gigandet (The Twilight Saga, Easy A, Burlesque), Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, Saved!, Donnie Darko and Pride & Prejudice), Brooklyn Sudano, Max Hartman, Julianna Guill (Friday the 13th, Crazy Stupid Love), Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day, Hawaii Five-O), Chris Johnson, Tad Hilgenbrink (American Reunion) and Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins, Sons of Anarchy).

Along with a selected theatrical release, 5 Star Day was simultaneously released nationwide on various video-on-demand platforms, including Comcast OnDemand, iTunes, and Facebook. The film received the jury award for best feature at the Stony Brook Film Festival and also screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Little Rock Film Festival.

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Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago, who also serves as a news editor for

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