Barry Munday

An unexpected dismemberment and a one-night-stand paternity suit set the stage for off-key comedy Barry Monday, the closing night feature film for this year’s Charlotte Film Festival.  Title character Barry (played by Patrick Wilson), a self-titled ladies’ man, wakes up in the hospital after being attacked in a movie theater to find that he is missing his “family jewels.”

Soon after, he is served paternity papers from Ginger (Judy Greer), a spectacle-clad, eternally pessimistic woman he can’t even remember. As Barry realizes that this may be his only chance to become a father, he discovers that it takes more than testicles to be a man. As the film’s tagline suggests, “It’s what’s missing that makes them complete.”

The film, which premiered this year at SXSW and has since gained widespread acclaim, is based on the 2003 novel Life is a Strange Place by Frank Turner Hollon. First-time director Chris D’Arienzo teams up with a cast of farce superstars, including Malcom McDowell, ChloĆ« Sevigny, Cybill Shepherd and Shea Whigham. The film is scheduled for wide release on Oct. 1.

Barry Munday is one of more than 60 films that will be showcased at this year’s Film Festival. The Fifth Annual Charlotte Film Festival will be held Sept. 20-26 at two locations – EpiCentre Theaters and Regal Park Terrace, both in Charlotte.

Barry Munday will screen at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 at EpiCentre Theaters. For tickets, see or visit the EpiCentre Box Office.

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