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Barry Munday (2010)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 1,991 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
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  • IMDb page: Barry Munday (2010)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 1,991 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Director: Chris D'Arienzo
  • Stars: Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer and Chloë Sevigny
  • Original Music By: Jude Christodal  (as Jude) 
  • Soundtrack: Woman
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Sex | Paternity | Office | Garbage Bin | Doctor

Writing Credits By:

  • Chris D'Arienzo (screenplay)
  • Frank Turner Hollon (book "Life Is a Strange Place")

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Barry and Ginger are having sex, Barry points out a smiley face tattoo that Ginger has on her left leg, which Ginger said she got in college. But in a previous scene, before Ginger was to give birth, there is a clear shot of her left leg and no sign of any tattoo.

    Plot: Barry Munday wakes up after being attacked to realize that he's missing his family jewels. To make matters worse, he learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with. |  »

    Story: Barry Munday wakes up after being attacked to realize that he's missing his family jewels. To make matters worse, he learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with.

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Mickey Barold known as producer
    • Marc Bell known as co-executive producer
    • Jeff Davis known as executive producer
    • Stone Douglass known as producer
    • Casey W. Engelhardt known as associate producer
    • Brad Goodman known as associate producer (as Bradley M. Goodman)
    • Barry Habib known as executive producer
    • Eric Kopeloff known as producer
    • Carl Levin known as executive producer
    • Robert Ortiz known as executive producer
    • Tom Pellegrini known as co-producer
    • Scott Prisand known as executive producer
    • Marcos Siega known as executive producer
    • Matt Weaver known as producer (as Matthew Weaver)

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Patrick Wilson known as Barry Munday
    • Judy Greer known as Ginger Farley
    • Chloë Sevigny known as Jennifer Farley
    • Jean Smart known as Carol Munday
    • Malcolm McDowell known as Mr. Farley
    • Billy Dee Williams known as Lonnie Green
    • Cybill Shepherd known as Mrs. Farley
    • Shea Whigham known as Donald
    • Barret Swatek known as Lucy
    • Missi Pyle known as Lida Griggs
    • Christopher McDonald known as Dr. Preston Edwards
    • Trieu Tran known as Moe
    • Razaaq Adoti known as Spiro
    • Matt Winston known as Kyle Pennington
    • Kyle Gass known as Jerry Sherman
    • Michael Durrell known as Father Walsh
    • Yvonne Huff known as Pediatric Nurse
    • Michael Rivkin known as Maury Knox
    • Marcelo Tubert known as Dr. Shriver
    • Emily Procter known as Deborah (Secretary #2)
    • Kirk Ward known as Roadie #1
    • Joe Nunez known as Roadie #2 (as Joseph A. Nuñez)
    • Colin Hanks known as Heavy Metal Greg
    • Jenica Bergere known as Janice (Midwife)
    • Mae Whitman known as Candice
    • Tori White known as Barry's Nurse
    • Marnie Alexenburg known as Secretary #1
    • William Stanford Davis known as Greens Keeper
    • Ed Solomon known as Doctor #2
    • Ashley Guerrero known as Beautiful Girl (as Ashley Tigh Guerrero)
    • Becca Sweitzer known as Waitress
    • Jillian Schmitz known as Strip Club Dancer
    • Colin Malone known as Bar Emcee
    • Monica Allgeier known as Young Girl
    • Barry Habib known as Doctor
    • Andrew Magarian known as Candice's Father
    • Carmen Electra known as Iconic Beauty
    • Sam Pancake known as D.J.
    • Cole S. McKay known as Driver (as Cole McKay)
    • Diana Terranova known as Bennie
    • Bruna Rubio known as Sasha
    • Eurydice Davis known as Tammy
    • Frank Turner Hollon known as Himself
    • Mark Riccardi known as Bouncer
    • Jeff Sanders known as Bouncer #2
    • Stone Douglass known as Child Bodybuilding Pageant Announcer
    • Cynthia Adkisson known as Young Jennifer (uncredited)
    • Willam Belli known as Felicia (uncredited)
    • Julia Boyd known as Makeout Girl (uncredited)
    • Jennifer M. Coll known as Denise (uncredited)
    • Chris D'Arienzo known as Newton Creech (uncredited)
    • Youlanda Davis known as Office Manager (uncredited)
    • Geoffrey Gould known as Barry Co-Worker (uncredited)
    • Rebecca Howard known as Tracy (uncredited)
    • Kristoffer Kjornes known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
    • Kristina Sefeldt known as Ex-Girlfriend (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Mandy Danielle Benton known as additional makeup artist
    • Laura Berman known as additional hair stylist
    • Michael Davis known as key hair stylist
    • Ashley Fox known as key makeup artist
    • Tracy Manzo known as additional makeup artist: New Mexico
    • Jennifer McCarthy known as makeup department head (as Jennifer Flowers)
    • Anthony Miner known as additional hair stylist
    • Rhonda O'Neal known as key hair stylist
    • Danielle Russell known as hair department head

    Art Department:

    • Chris Carriveau known as leadman
    • Kenneth Carriveau known as swing gang (as Kenneth Cariveau)
    • Tracy Fisher known as assistant props
    • Footsie Foo known as on-set dresser
    • Joshua Green known as swing gang
    • Jason Hatfield known as swing gang
    • Arne Knudsen known as set dresser
    • Timberly Matonic known as property intern
    • Douglas W. Randall known as property master
    • Jefry Shebroe known as additional props
    • Abigail Sheiner known as art department coordinator
    • Jason Whetzell known as swing gang
    • Tiffany Windsor known as additional set dresser
    • Durel Yates known as additional set dresser (as Durel Yates Jr.)
    • Dalton Cole Young known as set dresser
    • S. Todd Whitaker known as set dresser (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Stick 'N' Stone Productions
    • Corner Store Entertainment
    • Far Hills Pictures
    • Prospect Pictures

    Other Companies:

    • Act One Script Clearance  script clearance
    • Alex Gourmet Catering  catering (as Alex's Gourmet Catering)
    • Boone's Animals for Hollywood  animal handler
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Cut Music  music editorial services
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Entertainment Post  dailies telecine
    • Post Haste Sound  commentary
    • Rich King Casting  extras casting
    • Runway  post-production services
    • Sonic Magic  adr recording
    • Soundelux  post-production sound services
    • Star Waggons  cast trailers
    • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
    • Sublime Sound  post-production sound services
    • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services
    • Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging  digital intermediate

    Distributors:

    • Magnolia Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Blue Sky Media (2010) (Czech Republic) (all media)
    • G2 Pictures (2011) (UK) (all media)
    • Magnolia Pictures (2010) (USA) (all media)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (DVD) (As "Balls Out")

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    Other Stuff

    Release Date:
    • USA 13 March 2010 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
    • USA April 2010 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
    • Aruba June 2010 (Aruba International Film Festival)
    • UK June 2010 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
    • Canada 25 September 2010 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
    • USA 1 October 2010 (Los Angeles, California)
    • USA 1 October 2010 (New York City, New York)
    • Argentina 14 November 2011 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for sexual content and language

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    8 Comments

    1. d_art from LA Area
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      In this comedy directed by Chris D'Arienzo based on the novel Life is aStrange Place by Frank Turner Hollon, Patrick Wilson plays BarryMunday, a suburban wanna-be ladies man, who makes up in the hospitalwith both of his testicles gone after being attacked in a movie theaterfor hitting on the wrong girl. To make matters worse, a paternitylawsuit is filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with.Realizing this being his last chance to ever be a father, Barry decidesto take on the responsibility on being a good father.

      My initial impression of the concept of this film was that this filmcould either be a feminist revenge fantasy or a raunchy comedy.Thankfully, this film was neither of those, but turned out to be asurprisingly poignant little comedy, with a honest, introspective lookat what being a man entails beyond having the body parts, if you will.Given it's a comedy, there were many predictable directions this filmcould have taken at the expense of Patrick Wilson's character, Barry.Surprisingly, the film avoids the obvious and portrays Barry in asympathetic and real way. Barry starts off as an irresponsible loafer,whose main interest involve bedding women, who soon after loses hismost prized asset and what he feels makes him a man. He goes through aslump until he finds out that someone may actually be carrying hischild (from a previous fling he had no recollection of). In a sense, herealizes being a father may be the only thing left that connects him tohis manhood.

      Barry meets the mother of the child, Ginger Farley (Judy Greer), whoisn't particularly a looker, to put it nicely. Her parents, Mr. andMrs. Farley, as played by Cybill Shepherd and Malcolm McDowell, seem toagree that Ginger hadn't quite lived up to their expectations, inbeauty and otherwise, unlike their model daughter, Jennifer (ChloëSevigny). There's noticeably a bit of a sibling rivalry between Gingerand Jennifer. As we get to know the characters, we see personal baggagebehind both Ginger and Barry which perhaps contributed much in how theyviewed themselves and their lifestyle. With Ginger full of bitternessand resentment toward Barry, the relationship between Barry and Gingeris often awkward and comic as Barry is honestly trying to know herbetter for the first time. Advertisement

      Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) is close to perfect in the role of Barry,where he deftly milks the comic aspects of his shallow character aswell as his eventual change to a deeper, sympathetic, and more seriousside. Judy Greer plays the awkward Ginger Farley with caustic wit andconsistency. Cybill Shepherd and Malcolm McDowell in their supportingroles as Ginger's parents, the Farleys, turn in expectedly seasonedperformances. Bill Dee Williams (do I even have to mention EmpireStrikes Back?) is his usual charming self as Barry's Delorean-drivingboss, who happens to be close to the Farleys. Jean Smart is great asthe blunt, yet sharp-minded, Carol Munday, Barry's mother.

      This independent film marks Chris D' Arienzo's directorial debut and itis a strong one. The comedy feels natural because it's fairly close tolife for the most part. The emotions of the characters feel genuine. Itis unexpectedly touching. Patrick Wilson does great work in his role asthe titular character. It's not what I would call a laugh-a-minutecomedy, but a deeper, thoughtful film that happens to have muchcomedy—usually the type of films I gravitate toward. This film left mewith some thoughts long afterwards, which says a lot about a comedy,let alone any film.

      For more of my movie reviews, you can also follow me athttp://twitter.com/d_art

    2. Tony from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      A Man might argue a story about losing testicles would induce a cringeand protective leg-crossing. However, it's not testicles that make aMan, it's responsibility and maturity. And therein lies the core ofthis tale; balls, it turns out, are not balls.

      Barry Munday is a dim bulb, breast-obsessed horndog searching forgratification at every possible turn. One drunken night he impregnatesa mousy, bitter woman… and completely forgets until the (celibate?)woman's lawyer delivers a paternity demand. In the interim, an angryfather has de-testiclized him with a trumpet. The end of the Mundaylineage?

      The comedy is quite subtle and placed squarely on the shoulders of thestellar cast. Supporting standouts are Jean Smart who genuinely shinesand a number of oddballs, including every member (pun intentional) of agenital mutilation support group. Sadly, Cybil Shepherd and MalcolmMcDowell are nearly non-entities. Chloe Sevigny (the woman's sister)has a great turn as the family favorite, stripper, female horndogequivalent to Barry.

      This film belongs to Patrick Wilson, but particularly Judy Greer. Inother films her edgy sidekick has been one-note abrasive. Here, in atour-de-force, she juggles that same edge, bitterness, sexiness withoutsex appeal and near naked vulnerability. Her performance is an eyeopener. Judy Greer fans (I was not really one of them) will rejoice.

      If a laugh riot filled with obvious penis jokes is your bag (pun againintentional) you will be disappointed. The production designer cluttersthe background with quite funny visual clues underscoring the issue athand (and again intentional). For example, hanging in the office ofBarry's boss is an antique graphic with large text reading 'Seamen'.

      Then there's Judy Greer's weird, mysterious, Japanese male neighbor.Despite Ms. Greer's protestations she's a virgin (before Mr. Munday),is the neighbor truly the father?

      Great comedy creates a tapestry of the human condition between thelaughs. "Barry Munday" delivers in spades. While not earth-shattering,the revelations – sibling rivalry, emotional and physical abandonment,true sadness, ego gratification, family denial at any cost,irresponsibility – in this comedic (left-handed) spin of "Taming of theShrew" presents a beautifully crafted arc for the two main, emotionallydamaged characters.

      With multiple layers, smart writing, fine acting and terrificdirection, "Barry Munday" is a wholly satisfying comedy light on thedidactic, heavy on the weird, right on target overall.

    3. Matt_Layden from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      After a horrible incident at a movie theatre, Barry Munday wakes up ina hospital without his testicles. To make matters worse, a lawyerinforms him that a woman claims he is the father of her unborn child.

      The concept of the film makes it seem like it's going to be a lot morecruder than it actually is. Barry Munday turns out to be a rathermature film that has immature bits of comedy, which makes it come of asa sweet film with real issues it wants to discuss. Munday looses whatmany think is a man's manhood, but in reality, it took him losing histesticles to truly become a man. Based on the book Life is a StrangePlace, Barry Munday is surprisingly delightful.

      Patrick Wilson is perfectly cast as Munday, he nails the character in arole that demands him to be a womanizer, dumb, sweet, innocent andlikable. Wilson gives us these little moments where the character willdo something, when he isn't the main focus of the scene and it addsmore depth to an already well written character. Judy Greer playsGinger as the family outsider who is difficult to deal with. She comesoff a a mature 12 year old. Her parents are played by seasoned actorsCybill Shepherd and Malcolm McDowell, both small roles but they doleave an impression. Jean Smart is the more memorable parent, she playsCarol Munday, Barry's mother. Do I even need to mention LandoCalrissian and the fact that he drives a DeLorean?

      There are moments are pure hilarity, like when Munday accidentallycalls out his child's name during sex, but there are moments of charmand delight, like the expression on his face when the child is born.His eagerness to be a part of the child's life is admirable, he's lostthe one thing that will give him a child and now he discovers that heis possibly the father of one? That's enough of a sign for him to wantto be a father that he accepts it without having a paternity test. Butthen the question arises, is he really the father?

      Barry Munday is not a flat out comedy, it's more character driven.Munday, played excellently by Wilson, is a character that sells thefilm. If you can't connect to him, the movie might falls apart for you.I thought Wilson did an excellent job in this role and it's myfavourite performance from him thus far.

    4. Paul Haakonsen from Denmark
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      "Barry Munday" is the type of comedy that will give you a certain innerwarmth, but not necessarily make you laugh out loud. And in a way it isnice with a comedy like that, but I was missing on more funny momentsthroughout the movie. It is the sort of movie that makes you appreciatelife and all its unpredictable moments.

      The cast in "Barry Munday" is quite good. And I must say that the movieis carried by Patrick Wilson (playing Barry Munday) as a very kind,good-hearted and lovable person. And there were also some pretty goodnames on the supporting roles list, such as Malcolm McDonald, Billy DeeWilliams, Cybill Shepherd and Colin Hanks.

      I found the movie to be surprising in the way that it shows thatdespite life throws you a curve ball, you can still manage to makesomething good out of the situation you are in. Keep your head up highand be positive, and that is a good morale for the movie.

      The story is nicely acted out on the screen and you want to see whathappens next. Sure the story is not a fast-paced one, but it gets youto where it needs to be in its own manner and pace.

      However, if you are planning a night of fun and laughter, "BarryMunday" might not be the best of choices. That being said, this is nota bad movie at all. It is nice in its own way. "Barry Munday" is amovie that should be watched by all who appreciate life and the joy ofliving.

    5. TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      I sought out this movie for one reason, it has Marc Tubert in a briefrole as a maternity doctor. I met Marc last month as we walked thefairways of the Texas A&M golf course, watching his daughter and otherUniversity of Arkansas golfers contend for the NCAA championships.After meeting him there, it was fun to see him in a movie role!

      I like Patrick Wilson, he is a very talented singer and an actor ableto tackle a variety of roles. Here he is simpleton and slacker BarryMunday, seemingly spending all of his waking energy minimizing theamount of work he actually does, while chasing "tail" at everyopportunity. One fateful day he meets a randy young lady, well actuallya teenage girl, and they end up in the movie theater together. When thegirl's father shows up, with a trumpet in his hand, and assaults Barryto protect his daughter.

      Barry wakes up in the clinic, not certain at all what happened to him.He soon is told that he lost his testicles, both of them were damagedduring the attack and could not be saved.

      Barry is coping as well as he can in succeeding days, when he gets wordthat Judy Greer as Ginger Farley is pregnant, and Barry is the father.He asks "how sure are you that I am the father?" She is sure, she was avirgin before she met him, and he is the only one she had been with.

      Wilson and Greer are remarkably good in this different kind of romanticcomedy. This premise could have gone into the slapstick gutter veryquickly, but it didn't because of an intelligent script. For the firsttime in his adult life Barry had something to care about, and for thefirst time in her adult life Ginger found someone who seemed togenuinely care about her.

      We enjoyed it.

      SPOILERS: Barry and Ginger grow on each other, he is there forchildbirth, it appears that they are becoming a close-knit family astheir child begins to grow up.

    6. Pudding-Patrol from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      So, normally, a movie like Barry Munday isn't my cuppa. I've seen TheHangover and Knocked Up and all of that "good stuff", and I admit Ifind them semi-amusing (albeit forgettable), but those aren't moviesthat I watch on my own terms– and the adverts for Barry Munday *look*like those movies. Still, Patrick Wilson, right? If Hollywood orwhatever was like a high school PE class and I was captain, and we wereall choosing teams, I would hope to pick Patrick Wilson before anyoneelse did. Like, I wouldn't pick him first or anything but I'd want himon my team. Primarily because he's just really good looking so howcould I not want to be on the same team?, but also because he'sactually a pretty reliable actor. He's got a good filmography. So Itrusted Barry Munday to be (at least) tolerable.

      And it was.

      And It was, actually, very good. I don't know where the criticism iscoming from (okay, I kind of do, but 1/10– really?!) but this moviereally toppled my expectations for it. There's nothing bland about thismovie and I can see why it wouldn't work on a mainstream level– but Iwas surprised to find it wasn't even given a wide theater release.

      The balls thing? It is something of a major plot point, but the moviedoesn't necessarily revolve around it. It happens and it gets broughtup a few times, but it never lingers there. This isn't about a dude whogets his balls pummeled by a trumpet (although it is) — it's a comingof age tale and a romance between two awkwardly endearing people. Thehumor isn't of the gutter variety and instead relies on the characters.I knew I liked Patrick Wilson, but Judy Greer was a revelation. Herportrayal of the grump and frump Ginger Farley is unpretentious andunapologetic and ridiculously charming. I think that can be said forthe entire movie.

      Forget the critics. Don't miss out on this one.

    7. jzsar
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      As others have testified, Patrick Wilson's Barry is treated like theworst human alive for reasons not made clear…enough. He's awomanizer? Yeah, and all the women he bedded WANTED it at the time,including Judy Greer's Ginger. I got so sick of her constant beratingthat I had to yell some unspeakable words at the screen. Sorry, Ginger,but you had it comin'! What makes it all bearable is Wilson'sgood-ole-guy Barry, almost innocent in his train-wreck approach towomen. He seems so sweet and puppy dog up against all the arseholes whouse him to channel their inner hatreds against. And Ginger eventuallysoftens up and owns up to her fault and has a pretty good line aboutthe blessings of ugliness. Good enough all around to watch instantly ifyou have Netflix.

    8. pbayle3 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:31 am

      This movie is so off Hollywood that most stores don't carry it. Isought it out because it gives a rare starring role to Patrick Wilson,a talented and amazingly handsome character actor. He has been my idolsince I saw his co-star turn in Little Children, and if you like himyou will want to check him out. Even with his looks muted by bad hairand a ridiculous goatee, he is a pleasure to watch. Barry Munday worksbetter as a romance than a comedy, and better as a character study thaneither. Munday is a recognizable caricature of American men as seen bya resentful feminist like his co-protagonist Ginger Farley (JudyGreer). Much of the movie is amusing, but it is rarely LOL funny.Munday starts out the film as an unambitious schlub whose only genuineinterest is chasing skirts. The father of one of his amours follows himinto a theater and smashes his testicles with a trumpet, so that theyhave to be removed. Just as he recovers, Ginger, one of his lasthookups, claims to be pregnant with his child. At first coldlycontemptuous of Barry, she gradually warms to him, even as he grows tobecome a loving husband and father. Aware that he can have no otherchildren, Barry uneasily bypasses several hints that he is not the realfather. The first time I saw this, I was disappointed that Barry seemsto react to his "accident" as if he lost an IRS refund check. Butinstead of becoming angry, Munday even more uncentered than he wasbefore and uses different approaches to acting like an adult. Towardthe end, as Barry and Ginger come to a mutually supportiverelationship, he literally finds his voice and his face just glows. Themovie is not entirely clear where Barry and Ginger wind up, however. Itis clear that Ginger and Barry come to love one another. But theirscene in bed ends in an unsatisfactory way, she doesn't marry him, andshe doesn't give the daughter his name, even though he badly wants herto. At the end, we are told rather than shown that Barry, Ginger, andtheir respective families are happy. Greer appropriately repellent atthe outset and handles her transformation convincingly. The supportingcast does well, especially Jean Smart as Barry's mother.

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