Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys
Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry guides us through the cultural and emotional landscape of what it is to be a Guy. From the Dawn of Guys straight through to modern life, we'll learn about the common everyday things that have tormented Guys forever: Sports Concerns, Hardware Concerns, Public Restroom Concerns, and more. We'll learn why Guys try so hard to get the sex thing right, and why they go so crazy at mid-life - which might or might not have to do with the sex thing.
Written and directed by Jeff Arch (Sleepless in Seattle), G2G combines interviews with everyday contemporary women (lots of them), a number of Scientific and Medical Experts (John Cleese), gripping vignettes featuring Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino (Dan Marino), Steve the Ultimate Handyman (Carlos Ponce), as well as real life faked scenes with couples Roger and Elaine (Lochlyn Munro, Christina Moore), and Gene and Kelly (Khalil Kain, Megan Ward).
Whether you are a guy or you know someone who is, this is the movie for you!
Humor columnist Dave Barry hosts this cinematic investigation, based on his popular book, into the whats, whys, and wherefores of being a guy. Not a man; a guy, a distinct subspecies that Barry is careful to distinguish. Interviews with women reveal that guys rate only slightly higher than tapeworms; conversations with assorted experts (all played by Monty Python's John Cleese, A Fish Called Wanda) explore the petty, compulsive side of guy-ness; and dramatic re-enactments capture the many ways in which guys and the women in their lives speak almost entirely different languages. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys occasionally bogs down in standard sitcom-style gags, but more often Barry's warm, middle-of-the-road humor hits its target (or, just as often, finds a sneaky way of moving the target to where the joke landed). Barry's genial, deadpan sincerity keeps the movie buoyant as it mocks sports, dating, competition, laundry, mid-life crises, and bathroom etiquette. Any fan of Barry's will find much to laugh at here, and newcomers will be drawn into the writer's comic world. Also featuring football player Dan Marino as a testimonial witness for guys everywhere. --Bret Fetzer
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Note that this 2005 version (Amazon's release date for this is wrong, I think) of the DVD with the pink cover that includes a picture of Dave Barry has several special features that were cut out of the newer 2006 version that has the blue cover not including Dave Barry's face. That blue-cover version, along with having more professional-looking DVD menus, may have better picture quality during the film, though -- at least it's easier to read the end credits on that version (and if they re-rendered the movie at higher quality and it took more space, that could explain why many special features were removed).
How often have you heard this “the book was better.”? Well it is.
However, do not let this detour you from watching the movie.
At first I wondered how Dave Barry talked John Cleaves into being part of this movie; then I realized that they were kindred spirits.
Make sure your girl does not know about this movie or you may have some explaining to do.
Speaking about that, did she say something about a horse?
So basically, some of it was funny, but more often it was just dumb, and the "flow" was awkward. I say, read his book, and skip this movie.