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Barney Thomson (2015)

The Legend of Barney Thomson (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy , Crime | 24 July 2015 (UK)
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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.

Director:

Robert Carlyle

Writers:

Richard Cowan, Douglas Lindsay (based on the book: Thee Long Midnight of Barney Thompson) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Cemolina
Robert Carlyle ... Barney Thomson
Ray Winstone ... Detective Inspector Holdall
Tom Courtenay ... Chief Superintendent McManaman
James Cosmo ... James Henderson
Ashley Jensen ... Detective Inspector June Robertson
Martin Compston ... Chris Porter
Kevin Guthrie ... MacPherson
Brian Pettifer ... Charlie Taylor
Stephen McCole ... Wullie Henderson
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Jean Monkrieff
Samuel Robertson ... Detective Sergeant Sam Jobson (as Sam Robertson)
Eileen McCallum Eileen McCallum ... Mrs. Gaffney
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Chris' Creepy Neighbour
David Speed ... Detective
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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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He's just not cut out for murder. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Barney Thomson See more »

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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 »

Goofs

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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Wullie: You look like a haunted tree.
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Full with irony, wallowing and bitterness, Barney Thomson is a comedy for an acquired taste
8 February 2016 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

The titular Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle) is a less than friendly man, he complains about many things and is generally unapproachable. One day he stumbles upon a series of hazardously unfortunate events which lead him into awkward world of crime. This is a very distinct style of comedy, which can be poignantly funny at times, but also riddled with tons of profanity and can be even resentful, thus it probably caters to more adult audience.

Acting is sharply over-the-top as Barney wonders into sillier antics than the last, involving his strange mom as well as detectives hell bent on pursuing a serial killer. It's a harsh unapologetic direction for comedy, a bit similar to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, certainly not a light watch for casual or younger audience, but for mature demographic the oddities might be a treat.

The cast performs with intense gusto and yelling, which is also one of the movie's quirks. Its accent is very thick, when said in fast pace it can be confusing, so subtitles would be helpful for this case. It can be jarring when the movie tries to pull off a strangely dark tone, borderline uncomfortably so. Furthermore, the actors seem truly invested on delivering all around antagonizing characters, thus there's no real heroes here.

The movie could be vulgar at times, yet its crude and bloody nature might be ironically entertaining.


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