What’s interesting is that Channing is known for taking cheesy or outright comedic roles in Step Up and The Dilemma. He even plays a bumbling cop in 21 Jump Street. But this police role is the polar opposite, a really gritty turn for him. (As you can see, he’s grown a skinny moustache to prove how tortured he is.) As opposed to movies where he’s got just himself to look after, now he has a wife and an ill daughter who need Daddy to keep his job within the police force.
By contrast, Five Star Day follows Easy A as yet another vehicle to show Cam as a sensitive, goofy, somewhat idealistic guy. (Though smarter!) We’re not used to guys as good-looking as him being so earnest — usually that’s reserved for geeks — but he sells it.