Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Barry Munday

Patrick Wilson stars as a sex-obsessed, creepy horndog who gets in a scuffle that results in the semi-ironic removal of his testicles in this offbeat comedy with heart by first time writer/director Chris D'Arienzo.  Things take a turn for the even more bizarre when shortly after he is slapped with a paternity claim from a girl he doesn't even remember, played by comedy ensemble regular Judy Greer.  Instead of requesting a DNA test he views this as a miracle and thus begins his transformation towards maturity.  Chloe Sevigny, Jean Smart, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell, and even Billy Dee Williams co-star.  (I never thought I'd mention BDW in my blog, unless I ran out of films to discuss and did a 'Star Wars' retrospective.  Ummm ... not gonna happen.)

This is not a masterpiece by any stretch, but it didn't deserve it's fate of complete obscurity.  It's enjoyable enough as a weekend rental or download.

For an even better, albeit much, much darker film starring Patrick Wilson, check out 'Hard Candy' also starring Ellen Page.  I won't say much about it, because its surprises should be experienced not read about.  But it's worth watching as a companion piece to this film.  But beware, that one's intense!
Grade: B-


  1. I haven't seen this one, but I have seen Hard Candy. I'm surprised you're recommending Hard Candy with a comedy. That one is NOT for the feint of heart.

  2. I liked this film and agree it's not a masterpiece but I think I'd grade it as a B. I really found Wilson to be funny as a character, and likable. I'm sure my students are glad I grade them and not you. You're tough ;)