Monday, February 14, 2011

Barney's Version

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Starring: Paul Giamatti , Scott Speedman , Rosamund Pike , Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, and Bruce Greenwood.

Based on Mordechai Richler's novel of the same name. The main character is Barney Panofsky’s (Paul Giamatti) is a producer of a long-running soap opera in Montreal. He is cranky, condescending and self-loathing, and at the same time worldly, perceptive and charming. When Barney’s worn enemy publishes a tell-all book that uncovers many of the more sordid details of Barney’s past life. This unsettles him. The book includes reference to his failed marriages, some shady entrepreneurial ventures, and the mysterious, unsolved disappearance of best friend and drug addict, Boogie (Scott Speedman). The grumpy old man reflects on his tumultuous life. The movie is a dark, comedic, love story, which relies on flashbacks. Villain or Saint? Well you will need to see the movie to find out. Good performances.

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