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Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus. Written by
Two of Barney's Canadian wives in the film are played by English actresses. See more »
Miriam places a stone on Barney's gravestone overlooking downtown Montreal. Barney bought a plot in the Mount Royal Cemetery which is on the north side of Mount Royal while the city is on the south side and so not visible from the grave site. See more »
Blair, I'd like to speak with my wife.
Oh, Barney, it's 3:00 in the morning.
Put my wife on the phone.
She's not your wife and I'm not waking her.
All right. Well, then just ask her what she wants me to do with all these nude photos I have of her. Ah, come to think of it, you actually might want them, if only to see what Miriam looked like in her prime.
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BARNEY'S VERSION seems to be a huge favorite among the people who saw it in theaters, on DVD, or On Demand. Perhaps the reason for that is the popularity of Paul Giamatti, perhaps it is the strong supporting cast including Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike, Scott Speedman, directors Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, and Richard Lewis. Or perhaps the popularity of the original novel by Mordecai Richler, or the need people have to reassure themselves that their lives is not as bad as they are thinking. Whatever the reasons, this movie has been very successful. This viewer found it off-putting.
Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is a cynical, self-absorbed, frumpy schlub of an aging television producer, divorced and comforted only by his cigars and rash drinking habits. As a new book is released detailing some sordid details of an event Barney would rather forget, he starts to look back on his life and all the many mistakes he made. And after three failed marriages, "many" may not be the apt word to describe them.The story is told through a series of flashbacks after we learn a detective has written a book accusing Barney of killing his best friend Boogie (Scott Speedman). Barney's life s a mess: his first marriage happened because of his getting a tacky girlfriend pregnant, a marriage that ends being drowned in alcohol and cynicism and self pity. His second marriage is to a Jewish princess (Minnie Driver) whose mouth never closes. At the marriage ceremony Barney drinks with his father (Dustin Hoffman), watches games on TV, and finally spies the one true love of his life - Miriam (Rosamund Pike) - and this woman has a head on her shoulders. Barney is hopelessly in love immediately, a fact that Miriam attempts to dissuade. But the tale goes on, the truth about the 'murder' is unbound and Barney has the love of his life as his wife etc etc etc.
If that kind of sad sack story with a predictable ending satisfies, then this is a film that will manage to do just that. Just be warned that it can get wearing...
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