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Back in the Day (2014)

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When Jim Owens makes a surprise visit to his high school reunion... all hell breaks loose. Hilarity ensues as he wrangles his now-married friends together for one last hurrah. Cruising the old strip, seeking vengeance on an old high school principal and nearly breaking up a wedding gets Jim into hot water with his friends and their wives. BACK IN THE DAY is written and directed by Michael Rosenbaum and stars Rosenbaum, Morena Baccarin, Nick Swardson, Harland Williams, Sarah Colonna, and Isaiah Mustafa. The film was produced by Kim Waltrip (Hit and Run, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her) of Kim and Jim Productions, and is also a Rose and Bomb Production. (c) ScreenMedia

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Cast

Morena Baccarin
as Laurie Miller
Nick Swardson
as Ron Freeman
Danielle Bisutti
as Annette Taylor
Kristoffer Polaha
as Len Brenneman
Liz Carey
as Ange Kramer
Mike Hagerty
as Principal Teagley
Louis Lawless
as Assistant Principal
Jim Casey
as Bridal Store Employee
Theresa Tilly
as Mrs. Miller
Griffin Wade
as Teen Mooner In Car
Joe Spina
as Mark's Friend
Richard Marx
as Neighbor
Andrea Bogart
as Stephanie
Jordan Cates
as Young Jim
Jonathan Stone
as Young Len
Dempsey Hankins
as Young Lori
William Brown
as Young Mark
Joseph Kempf
as Young Skunk
Andy Byers
as Skunk's Neighbor
Eric J. Rosenbaum
as Angry Guy in LA Traffic/Mascot
Mikaela Hoover
as Tifficult
Sara Giller
as Wife In Car
Gigi Lamar
as Young Daughter In Car
Austin Rawlins
as Young Son In Car
Presley Roy
as Ange's Teenage Daughter
John Morrow
as Referee
Kate Glover (III)
as Cute Waitress
Steve Hudgins
as Guy In Bar
Bear Sheeley
as Ficklin
Matthew Ballard
as Husband In Car
Jenel Fontes
as Woman #1 at Reunion
Lezly Clayton
as Woman #2 At Reunion
Brian Schaum
as Man #1 At Reunion
Scott Schaum
as Man #2 At Reunion
Sam Yates
as Los Angeles Radio DJ
Violet Buttrum
as Skunk's Baby
Joann Bogard
as Skunk's Neighbor's Wife
Roni Jonah
as Stripper #2
Jess Wash
as Stripper #3
Alexander Hahn
as Teen #2 In Car
Preston-Harris Dunlap
as Teen #3 In Car
Kevin Arnold
as Teen #4 In Car
Vincent Villines
as Ange's Infant
Charlotte Rose
as Len's Daughter
Brian Jackson
as Hot 96 DJ
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Critic Reviews for Back in the Day

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

[A] stale, schmaltzy and testosterone-drenched comedy.

January 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
Top Critic

Nostalgia needs to be grounded in something real, something true, in order for it to have any resonance. Otherwise, you're just left with a formula that was tired 20 years ago.

January 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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There are a lot of odious movies yet to come in 2014, no doubt, but they'll have to work to beat "Back in the Day" for awfulness.

January 16, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king.

January 16, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Good for a couple of fart jokes and otherwise utterly forgettable.

January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

There aren't many laughs along the way (unless you count fart jokes), nor is there any nostalgic value.

January 31, 2014 | Full Review…
Cinemalogue.com

Audience Reviews for Back in the Day

Not often does Evansville see the return of a native son-turned-Hollywood Top Dog, so Showplace East was brimming with eager viewers on the night of Michael Rosenbaum's movie screening + talkback, hoping to rub elbows and share their I knew-you-whens. Not having watched much "Smallville" but always having been a fan of his chrome dome, I enjoyed Rosenbaum's Dane Cook-y stand-up persona which, albeit fratty, livened up the typical Q&A format. "Back in the Day" is a raunchy, nostalgic, coming-of-middle-age, high school reunion romp, and while that trope is trite, Rosenbaum brings some smart surprises to the lewd/scatological genre: the rude-nude-dude bouncing along in the pick-up truck and the slo-mo close-up of his giblets; the hiding in the shower dual vomiting scene, and my favorite, the homage to Hitchcock's "Psycho" shower scene with the illusory flash cuts and colored water going down the drain. The men are all pretty much the same, the women are also pretty much the same, and the small-town loser stereotypes are a bit stale, but Sarah Colonna plays a great wallflower with secret bondage fetish, Morena Baccarin is sassy and accessibly beautiful in a "regular girl" role, and Rosenbaum's likable straight man who does the honorable thing in the end is all the more impressive after having seen his real life dude-brah persona. The script does rely too much on flashbacks, but it was nice to see familiar Evansville and Newburgh scenery. The movie ends well with the half-patronizing but ultimately comforting thumbs up on Jim's ubiquitous insurance-shilling ads.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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