If narrative structure and credibility mattered little when gauging the strength of a feature film, and movies were evaluated solely on the basis of how amiable they were, the slice-of-life comedy Today’s Special
would rate as a stunning achievement. Unfortunately, this isn’t the sort of world we live in; execution does count, and that’s overly apparent in this willfully genial but klutzy debut from director David Kaplan, adapted by scriptwriter-star Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show
) from his stage play of the same name.
Mandvi plays Samir, a young Indian-American man who works as a sous-chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant, under the aegis of...