Dingle, Barry (2005) from Tuna

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 instead. She 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 their breasts.
  • There are two other women who appear together. One of them shows her breasts. (Either Elizabeth Boehmer or Tara Grodt)

The Critics Vote ...

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Based on some enthusiastic user comments at IMDb, and this surprisingly positive review, I must reluctantly conclude that this is a C-. It has its proponents

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