Comedy Fantasia Festival

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Fried Barry’

September 1, 2020Ben MK

Whether or not you believe they exist, aliens have been a part of our moviegoing experience for decades, sometimes invading our planet like they have in The War of the Worlds and Independence Day, and sometimes acting as more of a benevolent force, as in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon. But even if you've seen every alien film ever made, you've never seen one like Fried Barry.

Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ryan Kruger, this is the story of Barry (Gary Green), a junkie and deadbeat dad whose irresponsible behavior has gotten on the nerves of his long-suffering wife, Suz (Chanelle de Jager), for the last time. After walking out on their latest argument, however, Barry's life takes a bizarre turn. High out of his mind, he's snatched right off the street by aliens who take him aboard their spaceship. And after implanting him with their own biotechnology, Barry is released back into the world a new man. No longer himself, not only is he now somehow a sex magnet, he's also able to heal the sick with a mere touch and even becomes a superhero of sorts, rescuing a group of kidnapped children from their chainsaw-wielding abductor.

Suffice to say, words alone can't do justice to the experience of watching the sweat-drenched, neon-laced, electronica-fueled acid trip of a movie that is Fried Barry. And if that doesn't properly convince you of its must-see status, then maybe this isn't the film for you.

Fried Barry makes its Canadian premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 39 min.

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