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Barney Thomson (2015)

The Legend of Barney Thomson (original title)
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Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.

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Barney
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Cemolina
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James Henderson
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Holdall
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Detective Inspector June Robertson
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MacPherson
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Chris
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Chief Superintendent McManaman
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Charlie
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Wullie
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Detective Sergeant Sam Jobson (as Sam Robertson)
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Mrs. Gaffney
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Jean Monkrieff
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Alex
Matt Costello ...
Chris' Creepy Neighbour
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Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.

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Comedy | Crime

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24 July 2015 (UK)  »

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Despite playing his mother, Emma Thompson is only 2 years older than Robert Carlyle (Thompson is born in 1959, Carlyle is born in 1961). See more »

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When Barney is in the kitchen he leaves an arm on the side. When he sits at the table the arm is no longer there but when he gets up its there again. See more »

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Holdall: Do you mind saying that again in English, sir?
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Holdall: I can't understand a word you're saying.
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Holdall: Yeah, I realize you're Scottish!
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Oh Dear!
19 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I have immense high regard for the four principal actors in this film; namely, Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtennay and Emma Thompson. Their resumes' over the years have been the envy of any aspiring actor/actress. That said, why on earth did they subscribe to this dire movie?

Granted Tom Courtenay played the irascible Chief Superintendent well but I'm getting a little tired that the boss is always depicted this way. The world over film makers do the same thing, wouldn't it be refreshing if the boss was portrayed as a kind, supportive human being for once? Emma Thompson did well taking off the Glaswegian accent, Ray Winstone did well playing Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle was just OK playing the guy where life just isn't being nice to him.

For me the film lacked direction and fell between two stools, it wasn't particularly funny so at best was a very poor comedy and it certainly wasn't dark humour, so it basically fell short on all counts.

Do not be seduced by the cast like I had been. Avoid.


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