An uptight stick-in-the-mud learns to loosen up with help from a free-spirited young woman in the appealing British indie movie Happy Birthday, Toby Simpson, which comes across as a balmy version of those American yuppie-in-peril movies of the 1980s.
The eponymous Toby, played by Alexander Perkins (Ralph in The Office), is a henpecked, white-collar wuss who lands up at a West Country music festival in the company of Edyta Budnik’s bright-eyed Czech aromatherapist after a pickpocket relieves him of his wallet and phone.
The plot is a little on the thin side, with Toby’s misadventures a Something Mild rather than Something Wild, but Perkins and Budnik click well together and give the movie bags of charm.
Certificate 15. Runtime 78 mins. Director Patrick Makin
Happy Birthday, Toby Simpson (aka Breaking Free) debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 1 May.