Obviously, I went directly to google, but from prior experience I knew I wouldn’t find much. This movie was nothing but a blip on Hollywood’s radar but as time has passed it’s been gaining some cult momentum. Over the years I’ve found myself flipping through channels and getting stuck watching a young Liv Taylor & Renée Zellweger and remembering good times while listening to the soundtrack. Each time I was always left with the question, what day IS Rex Manning day? So weather it’s just age catching up with me or the fact that I have more tools at my disposal, I set out for the definitive answer.
As I searched around I found that Rex Manning day is treated by many as just a fun F’it day to be celebrated whenever it’s needed. But we want to know the real fictitious day, so here are some dates I found before I watched the movie AGAIN. (1995: 4/1, 4/8 & 4/15 1994: 4/2, 4/9 & 4/16 ) (May 6th & April 12)
Wikipedia points out that the original release left 40+ minutes on the cutting room floor. Maybe it was for this reason or a more troubling reason, the fact that the day was always suppose to be ambitious.
Watching the netflix version, Empire Records: Remix! Special Fan Edition, I found the answer in short order. In the beginning when Joe arrives at the store he pauses by the front door where a Rex Manning event poster is proudly hung.
And the answer is! Saturday April 8, 1995. It’s small, but on a large” TV it’s sufficiency legible. Set your calendars and make your cupcakes, we now know what day Rex Manning day is.