Gritness Reviews: Barry

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I know I’m late to this, but with more shows out there than anyone can possibly watch, I finally found time catch up with HBO’s new(ish) show “Barry” starring Bill Hader.

Barry is a dark comedy about a former Marine turned hitman, who wants to leave his profession behind after stumbling upon an acting class in Los Angeles. Barry is supremely talented at murdering the bad guys, but his internal struggles with the morality of this job leave him wanting more out of life. When he finds himself in an acting class led by Gene Cousineau, played by the legendary Henry Winkler, the comedy really takes off. He stumbles through his lines and is just generally embarrassing most of the time, but his happy-go-lucky classmates encourage him to keep it up. Little do they know, the only times he seems like he can act are when he’s talking from experience about his day job.

The show manages to swing quickly from hilarious bits about inept cops to dark, gritty drama that you would expect from a different show, but they tie it all together in a believable way. There are only 8 episodes in the first season and they are only around 30 minutes each, so what do you have to lose?

P.S. If you like Barry, you’ll love Patriot on Amazon Prime Video.


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