Barney's Version 2010

Barney’s Version is a warm, wise and witty ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti: Sideways), a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, television producer - a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary, gloriously full life. Spann…
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Mature themes, sexual references, coarse language and drug references

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Barney’s Version is a warm, wise and witty ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti: Sideways), a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, television producer - a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary, gloriously full life. Spanning four decades, three wives, two continents and one outrageous father (Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man, Kramer vs. Kramer), we join Barney through the successes, and (numerous) gaffes, of his long and colourful existence. Not only does Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he is also capable of all kinds of sneaky acts of gallantry, generosity and goodness.

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  • I really enjoyed this film. The dialogue was intriguing. The personality of the male character in this film is really immature but then most men are so on that basis it gives you a good insight into men in general. Single women should watch and learn.

  • A bit too smuckish! Only took on true worth in the last 20 minutes.

  • A typical Jewish fairy story. Totally self-obsessed, charm-free, alcoholic man unfathomably holds allure for tall, talented, beautiful women who gradually discover what a waste of time he is. Only point in watching it through was to see if he might enjoy some redemption or retribution. Sadly he doesn't.

  • This is a movie making masterclass. How Paul Giamatti was not nominated for an award for this is a crime. He plays a multi leveled character who is cleverly made to challenge viewers with mixed emotions on his actions. From self absorbed, selfish low life, to sincere, loving, funny and generous. Ultimately it's a love story, and one of the most endearing I have seen in film. A beautiful film.

  • Beautiful, sad, unexpected, amazing... this film is a bit like memento as it runs past into present, but then also a heart-wrenching drama, which made me cry. So much love and life and thus- captures things so perfectly. 5 stars.

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