Principal photography has begun on Someone Marry Barry, a raucous comedy written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Rob Pearlstein, starring Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr., Lucy Punch, Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Frankie Shaw and Amanda Lund. Producers are Josephson Entertainment's Barry Josephson along with Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen, of Straight Up Films. Executive producers are Josephson Entertainment vice-president Alexander F. Young, Madrose Productions' Jeremy Bailer, and Marc H. Simon at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, who packaged the project.
Someone Marry Barry follows three friends who plot to get rid of their socially inappropriate friend Barry by finding him a wife. But when Barry finally meets a woman, she turns out to be just like him, and now the guys have to deal with not one but two "Barrys." Through their tribulations with this uncensored duo, the guys learn some truths about the nature of friendship and love.
"Rob Pearlstein is a truly gifted comedy writer/director and his script for Someone Marry Barry is as inappropriate and outrageously funny as the main character of Barry - it really delivers big laughs! Also, I have a socially inappropriate friend that's haunted me since high school; perhaps when he sees Rob's film he'll leave me alone... oh, and yes, that's the bonus for us producing Someone Marry Barry," says Josephson.
"The funniest, most outrageous characters are often relegated to the role of sidekick," says Pearlstein. "We're bringing those characters front and center and giving them their own love story. But the movie is also a love story between the friends, and at its heart, it's about how friendship endures against all odds."
Rob Pearlstein is currently writing his original feature comedy True North for Warner Brothers with Imagine producing and Ed Helms set to star. His writing/directing debut, Our Time Is Up, received an Oscar Nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. Rob has written screenplays for Universal, Focus Features, Working Title and Spyglass as well as TV pilots for NBC, USA, FOX, ABC, CBS and CW. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the Comedy Central web series Matumbo Goldberg, which also starred Anthony Anderson in the title role. Pearlstein has directed commercials for clients like Mastercard, Twix and Samsung and was a copywriter for agencies including TBWA Chiat/Day, Fallon and BBDO.