It’s such a pity when a lovable and respected cast such as this one chooses to take part in a film that was probably as good and definitely funnier when it was done the first time and called Knocked Up. Who knows who thunk it first, but it’s also a shame that whispers of 40-Year Old Virgin sneak in there too, and cause one to leave the cinema feeling that perhaps this film should have been titled Barry Mundane.
It’s an enjoyable rip-off though, if you dig the actors, and I do. A believably obnoxious Barry Mundy (Patrick Wilson) likes to invite women who are clearly out of his league to happy hour at Chilis. He also wears Hawaiian shirts, pretends to do insurance work and drifts through life as your average douchebag until two things happen. Number one, he has a forgettable but conceptual sexual encounter with the virginal and undesirably-attired Ginger, an irritating character made endearing by Judy Greer, just before he (number two) quite rightly has his testicles attacked by a trumpet and then surgically removed.
Typically, this one-night-stand turns into more than that and well, let’s not pretend that you don’t know the rest.
Some special mentions are deserved by the adorable Chloe Sevigny who plays a Miss Perfect by day and pole dancer by night, and the always welcome face of Cybill Shepherd as Ginger’s mother.
It’s entertaining once the redundance is accepted, but steer clear if you want what most of us want out of the EIFF: something that’s wonderfully unconventional.
Monday 21 June, 21.35, Cineworld
Tuesday 22 June, 21.45, Cineworld