Barry Munday


Barry Munday

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Barry Munday, a suburban wanna-be ladies man, wakes up in the hospital after being attacked in a movie theater, only to realize that he is missing one of his most prized possessions... his testicles. To make matters worse, Barry learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with. With this being Barry's last chance to ever be a father, Barry reaches out and embraces the journey of parenthood and the onslaught of bumps that face him along the way. Filled with an ensemble of unusual characters, "Barry Munday" is the surprisingly heart-warming tale of a guy who finds it took losing his manhood to be a better man.-- (C) Official Site


Patrick Wilson
as Barry Munday
Judy Greer
as Ginger Farley
Chloë Sevigny
as Jennifer Farley
Jean Smart
as Carol Munday
Malcolm McDowell
as Mr. Farley
Billy Dee Williams
as Lonnie Green
Cybill Shepherd
as Mrs. Farley
Missi Pyle
as Lida Griggs
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  • Jul 13, 2013
    Not a bad movie by any means, but one that is fairly formulaic by indie movie standards. Largely its problem is the fact that it has some tonal issues and is largely unfunny. I don't want to say the script is bad, because it isn't, there's a good idea and reasoning behind it. It's just that it follows a certain path instead of creating its own. This isn't so much of a problem, Pitch Perfect was some of the most fun I've had watching a movie despite it being formulaic. The movie had a great cast and some witty dialogue to boot, so you didn't even notice that the film followed a formula. This film has a really solid cast, but sometimes the scripting doesn't match the actors. These tonal inconsistencies really drag down the movie, even if I think, overall, the story meant well and it does have its sweet moments of Barry realizing what he would've missed out on had he not found out he had a daughter and the happiness that brought him and his family in the end. There's also the fact that Barry having his testicles cut off after being attacked is mostly used for comedy, in specific the scene with Barry meeting with a genital mutilation support group. And, I don't know, but to me the whole scene felt mean spirited. This is a very serious issue and the movie just uses it to point and laugh at them. Maybe I'm just over-analyzing the scene, but it did feel a little mean spirited. For the large part Barry having no testicles does add a little depth to his character but it's sort of a missed opportunity when more could've been done with it. And I realize that that just came out completely wrong. I did like the cast, Patrick Wilson is talented and charming so he transitions from asshole who sees women as conquests to realizing that Ginger's pregnancy is the one chance he has to make a better and happier life for himself. The funniest scene comes near the end when Barry, who doesn't remember ever having sex with Ginger the first time and his parentage of Cornelia is put into question, is having sex with Ginger again as he comes to the realization that he did in fact have sex with Ginger and he IS the father of Cornelia. He screams Cornelia's name as he climaxes, perhaps out of context it doesn't seem that funny, but in execution it was well done and funny. Maybe, it also reads a little creepy but that was clearly the intent, even if it clearly was a misunderstanding. I did find the rest of the cast to be solid, and I thought Judy Greer's character arc was probably the most interesting, even more so than Barry's. Here's this character who has led a very sheltered life and has always been found undesirable by everyone, even by her own family, and how she finds strength in being desirable. Then there comes a time when she is almost in a car crash and the person in the other car calls her an ugly bitch and that one moment did make that wall of protection she had built up and she decides to go have a one night stand with a man. That man ended up being Barry, if you hadn't guessed. Anyway, I did like this part of the movie a lot, it doesn't make the movie good but it does add a little emotional depth to the character. The rest of the cast is solid, nothing to write home about. And the ending is the typical, feel-good stuff. It doesn't come across so bad in this movie but it does feel pretty sitcom-y. Regardless this is a movie with a good cast that are let down by some tonal inconsistencies in the script. It's definitely more than watchable, but not worth going out of your way to see.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2012
    Barry Munday: I don't think it's fair to use my biological disadvantages against me.  "It's What's Missing That Makes Them Complete" I must admit from the beginning that I have a soft spot for Indie Comedies like Barry Munday. I often find myself liking movies, like Barry Munday, that others find no value in. So I did like Barry Munday, but that should not be taken as a recommendation. I would never recommend movies like this to people, because honestly, most people won't like it. I understand that Independent Comedies appeal to a very small base of people. One of which is me.  Barry Munday is the name of our lead character. At the beginning of the movie, we are introduced to Barry, as he lays in a hospital bed. His narration tells us that he has lost his testicles. In the following scenes(which go back before the accident), we are shown that Barry is a womanizer, that will do anything for sex. After he gets out of the hospital, he gets a letter from a woman's attorney notifying him that he has impregnated said woman, and he doesn't remember her. That's the setup to the movie, and yes, it is as odd as it sounds. I can honestly say this is the first movie I have seen where the lead character has lost his nuts. Surprisingly, writer-director Chris D'Arienzo doesn't hammer the no nuts comedy to death, which was something I sort of expected. His script actually ended up being a lot smarter than I could have ever expected. I also really liked the cast, which was led by Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer. Wilson gives a good performance as Barry and Greer is hilarious as Ginger. Other notables in the cast are the legendary Malcolm McDowell, the beautiful Chloë Sevigny, and Billy Dee Williams. None of the three have big roles, as the movie is really left in the hands of Wilson and Greer, but when they are on screen they really add to the film.  So, Barry Munday was a film I really enjoyed from start to finish. I found the movie to be funny and just smart enough to make it better than the everyday comedy. The indie feel that I love so much made for an even getter experience. I can't say it is a great film or an important one or, for that matter, even one you should watch. What I can say, is that I enjoyed Barry Munday for what it was. If you find yourself liking those Independent Comedies that no one has seen; give this a shot. If you don't find yourself liking movies like that; stick with movies like The Hangover.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2011
    "Barry Munday" is an indie comedy that nicely rides the line between smart and raunchy, but never really delves fully into either. A blend of "There's Something About Mary" and "Meet the Parents" without all the slippery slope underdog story. The film has quite the ensemble cast with Judy Greer steering back into her nerdy persona. The gorgeous Chloe Sevigny was worth every minute of her small role and even Billy Dee Williams graces the film. Not what I expected from the film, which is definitely a good thing.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2011
    A very sweet little indie-comedy. When I read the description, I figured that this would be a stupid comedy. I dont like stupid comedies. This is a sweet story about fatherhood, and how it makes some men take responsibility for their lives. It's also a love story without being sappy. Things don't have to happen perfectly to be happy.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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