Patrick Rodio aims high with this $8,000 video feature, but alas the technical problems of shooting on DV combined with a number of quite bad actors don't give Better Days a chance to shine.

Rodio (who wrote and directed) has built a Big Chill-style ensemble melodrama about a number of Philadelphia twentysomethings whose lives are pretty much all in the toilet. One couple is getting married soon, but each is having his or her doubts and temptations. One friend is cheating incessantly on his wife -- and even her announcement that she's pregnant does little to change it. Another friend is just a big loser, pining for the redhead he sees on his morning jog. There's gossip, there's hair-tearing, and there's lots and lots of talking.

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