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So who here saw it, and did you know anything about Barry before hand?


I have to wonder, who saw this movie and was a Dave Barry fan beforehand? Think this has any effect upon how you'd feel about it?

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Well you're hearing this from the director, so maybe take it however you want. Based on what I observed that night, and what others told me they had observed, and the email and calls that have come in, it turns out there were people who liked it and people who didn't. There were some in each group who were Dave Barry fans and some who had either never heard of him or weren't that familiar. All in all there just doesn't seem to be a pattern - it doesn't break down by age or sex, or whether people knew about Dave or not. When I talk to people personally, one thing I ask is where the person was sitting, because the sound system was screwed up and it made a huge difference. But there isn't any breakdown there either. We are talking to distributors now and one of them will make it so you can see for yourself. Thanks for writing. Jeff

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Just for the record, I saw the movie. While not that familiar with Dave's work beforehand, I have enjoyed his style of writing...the little bit that I've read...And I did used to watch 'Dave's World'. All that being said, I thought the movie was mediocre. My previous knowledge (or lack thereof) didn't have any bearing on how I felt about the movie. I sat in the balcony and the sound was bad, but I didn't hold that against the movie or factor it into my opinions of the film.

Andrew
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I was already a huge Dave Barry fan when I saw this movie at the local rental store and felt like I had to get it. I loved it. It is very Dave Barry, totally his style of writing. I am not a stereotypical "guy" at all, yet everything in this movie seemed to ring pretty true to me. People complain about the stereotypes, but they are not mean-spirited at all. It's just Dave Barry's style of humor.

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I have been a Dave Barry fan for years. His syndicated column was one of the main reasons I used to buy the Sunday paper. I have read many of his books and I loved the other movie (Big Trouble). I was excited to see this one on the shelf at Movie Gallery the other day, not having heard anything about it before. Had no idea it was ever made. I read the description and rented the movie. It was just what I expected (skits, narration, etc.) and it was very funny. Very true to what I consider to be Dave's usual style of humor. I guess the problem that it suffers from is that Dave's humor isn't an easy pitch coming down the middle. Sometimes it might be over some people's heads or it might slip by low-key and unnoticed. That's the way I like it. Some people don't. That's why films like The Benchwarmers are made.




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A friend of mine rented the DVD and we both watched it. It was funny enough, but it does definitely have the low-budget feel to it, and the material also doesn't lend itself well to the format.

Before the movie started up we were both asking each other, "Is this a theater movie, or was this made for DVD?"

Anyway, parts of it are hilarious. Other parts are badly acted/overacted (the "tapeworms" woman immediately springs to mind, as well as the "grunting" caveman sequences.) and so it comes off as not the greatest movie, but, still a movie I might recommend others view.

I am a Dave Barry fan from way back, so this may influence me a bit.

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I like Dave Barry, but writing a column and making a film are two very different things. He's a decent columnist, but his work doesn't translate that well to films.

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