Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Barry Munday (2010)

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Barry Munday

Directed By:
Chris D'Arienzo

Summing It Up:
A womanizing slacker gets his life turned upside down when he awakes in the hospital to find that he lost both of his testicles after being assaulted by an angry father in a movie theater. Just when he thinks things can't get any crazier, he also discovers that he may be the father of one of his forgotten conquest's as-of-yet unborn child.

Quick Thoughts: 
I consider myself to have been pretty lucky recently, as all of the films I have watched lately have been very good and exceeded my expectations. Barry Munday continues that trend by being surprisingly funny, yet oddly poignant at the same time.

I really didn't know anything about the film going into it; just that a few friends had recommended it and that it was now on Netflix Instant. I had some time to kill, so I started it up, hoping for a few laughs. What I got was pretty much 90 minutes of continuous laughter and some surprisingly emotional thought buried underneath.

This isn't your typical Romantic Comedy at all. In fact, the characters should all be very unlikeable because they are selfish, socially inept, mean people for the most part. However, deep down, they all have some sort of heart to them, and in the end, you really end up rooting for them; even if it feels weird to do so.

The jokes are juvenile, but somehow, they come off as being more clever than they probably really are, and I think that is a testament to the great cast that is on display here. Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy) and Judy Greer (Arrested Development) do a great job playing the oddest couple that I've seen on screen in a while, and there are some great turns by Malcolm McDowell, Chloë Sevigny, and even Billy Dee Williams(!) as well.

I really can't recommend this one enough; especially since you can watch it immediately on Netflix. To be honest, this is one that I feel should be added to my collection.


4 out of 5


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