Sunday, May 15, 2011

Barry Munday: Movie Review


A possibly funny premise ruined by inconsistencies, boring comedy, and rude characters.
Barry Munday (Patrick Wilson) is a ladies man. At first the movie is trying to tell us that he just thinks of himself as one, but they did show us him getting his way with a lot of women. I guess I'm supposed to think that since it's just a comedy, there's no point to being consistent. 2010 (with 2011 DVD release)

Directed by: Chris D'Arienzo

Screenplay by: Chris D'Arienzo

Starring: Patrick Wilson

Judy Greer and Patrick Wilson in BARRY MUNDAY,
a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Barry wakes up in the hospital and discovers he's missing his testicles. That's an original set-up for what could be a fairly funny comedy, but 10 minutes in and that premise is mostly forgotten. We then get a boring comedy about Barry trying to get to know the mother of his unborn child. The two stories are only related by the fact that if he ever wants to be a father, now is his last chance.

There are some fairly funny lines, but the situations are not clever and the characters are not endearing. There is nothing to connect us to Barry and the rest are just rude, unrealistic characters. Notice how I never called the far-fetched premise unrealistic but I called the characters unrealistic? Yeah, that's how bad they are. We were also told the impregnation occurred on February 11th and the expected due date is December 10th. Really, a 10-month gestation period? I actually think that they just didn't want me to do the math. Well, I'll make it easy, don't watch "Barry Munday".