Dingle, Barry (2005)
Dingle, Barry is a zany comedy about date rape. Ponder
that for a moment, and it will be obvious that this film wants to test
the outside of the envelope of bad taste.
Barry Dingle is living at home, and spends every night in bars
where he picks up women and seduces them. He uses drugs when
necessary, and keeps a little black book of his conquests. Meanwhile,
his mother has plans for him. She wants her son to woo the ugly
daughter of a future US senator. Mom's archenemy on the Guggenheim
museum board also wants her own son to woo the same young lady.
Barry ducks the ugly daughter and brings home a girl from a bar
ends up charging him with date rape and he is convicted and
subsequently sentenced to three
years in prison. The only prison scene we see is him being raped by a big black
cook while he is wearing a Chef Boyardee outfit. Meanwhile his rival
has married the senator's daughter, but he dies of colon cancer, so she
is free again, and her father is now running for president. Mom agrees
to help Barry get even with the girl who sent him to jail as long as
Barry promises to woo the candidate's daughter. Life gets worse for
Barry and his mother when the rival mother teams up with the
date-raped young lady, steals Barry's little black book, and recruits
another willing victim to go after him.
The veteran actress Veronica Cartwright was strong as Barry's
mother, but personally, I saw little reason to laugh.
- widescreen transfer
- brief cast interviews
- Linda Sebastion and Melissa Siblia show
- There are two other women
who appear together. One of them shows her breasts. (Either
Elizabeth Boehmer or Tara Grodt)
Critics Vote ...
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will appeal to you even if you hate the genre.
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genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
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the film, and that the film might have been a hit if people
had known about it. (Like, for example, The Waterdance.)
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will be considered excellent by people who enjoy this kind of
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means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre.
means that the film is not only unappealing
across-the-board, but technically inept as well.
Based on some enthusiastic user comments at IMDb,
and this surprisingly positive review, I must reluctantly
conclude that this is a C-. It has
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