Barry Munday [Blu-ray]
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What's great about the film is that it has a cast of veteran actors. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Hard Candy) stars as Barry Munday, an aging womanizer whose testicles are removed after an injury. Judy Greer does a terrific job as Ginger, the pregnant who claims that Barry is the father. I've enjoyed her work before, but she makes for some great reaction shots in this film.
Wilson and Greer are supplemented by a solid cast of veteran actors. British actor Malcolm McDowell, Chloe Sevigny, Cybill Shepherd, Shea Whigham, Missi Pyle, and even Billy Dee Williams. For this being Chris D'Arienzo's first gig as a director, he did a great job shooting the film.
My only real complaint was that the film wasn't as funny as I had expected. There are only two or three laugh out loud moments, otherwise the humor is extremely light throughout the film. It's also not written as well as other chick flicks that I've enjoyed such as What Women Want, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, or Sweet Home Alabama.
I watched the movie a second time with an interesting commentary by the director, Patrick Wilson, and Judy Greer. Turns out one of the funnier scenes in the movie (Barry's support group) involves Wilson's real friends improvising their lines. Other extras include some light outtakes, bloopers, and a fake PSA for men like Barry.
Barry Munday is worth renting for the great performances by Judy Greer and Jean Smart. Just know in advance that it's a light romantic comedy, so don't expect The Hangover or I Love You Man. Give this one a rent before you decide to buy the DVD.
that had no money in the budget for publicity
but great cast
all in it to do their best and create a poignant story
This is a good-hearted Indy flick. Some have mentioned that it's a chick flick and I don't know that I agree. More time is spent with Barry than any of the female characters and it's mostly his transformation we witness. Though it is nice to see Judy Greer's Ginger come around, it's something that happens only in the final stage of the movie.
This is an Indy movie with a somewhat limited budget but it seems most of the money went into the cast. Jean Smart, Chloe Sevigny, Cybill Shepherd, Shea Whigham, Malcolm McDowell and others help move this puppy along. I wish they'd used a few of those dollars to punch up a couple of the sets but that's a minor quibble.
I would put this in the same zip code as, say, "Juno" or "Little Miss Sunshine" but it really isn't quite as good. Where this lacks is in the characterizations. Though the Barry and Ginger characters are written very well, there is a significant drop off after that. Cybill Shepherd and Malcolm MacDowell have surprisingly little to do. Even the Chloe Sevigny character is a bit of a mystery. What is it she's supposed to be doing here other than supplying a counterpart to to her nerdy sister? She adds little to the proceedings.
That aside, this is still a decent watch. At a crisp 95 minutes you probably won't be checking your watch. It's a decent story supported by a few very good performances. If you're looking for something off the beaten path, this is a good bet.
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I enjoyed this movie, it was funny. Barry went from player to family.Published 9 months ago by BrownSugar
this movie!! I had no idea that Patrick Wilson did comedy, plenty of laugh out louds and the out takes and gag reel were also hysterical. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by mother superior
this film is so heartwarming,another example of Patrick Wilson sacrificing himself for the sake of the film he was barely recognizable.same for judy greer. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Carole Nickisson
This surprisingly funny and alternately heartwarming semi-absurd comedy had both me and my wife (not usually her fare) laughing and tugging heart strings. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by R. Douglass
Very sweet story. Actors did a great job telling a complicated but very human experience. It's a comedy but also has very touching moments. Well done!!Published on August 24, 2013 by ngilbert