Self-Indulgent, Immoral Protagonist
Release Date: December 03, 2010
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike,
Jake Hoffman, Minnie Driver,
Scott Speedman, Mark Addy,
Runtime: 133 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Executive Producer: Mark Musselman
Producer: Robert Lantos
Writer: Michael Konyves
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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After his first wife commits suicide, Barney quickly gets remarried to the daughter of a wealthy businessman. However, he leaves his wedding reception to chase after Miriam, a woman who has enraptured his heart. As Barney pines for Miriam, his second wife has an adulterous affair with Barney’s best friend. Barney uses the opportunity to seek a divorce, so he can pursue Miriam unfettered.
Barney and Miriam eventually get married and have two children. At last, Barney seems to have settled down. That is, until he commits adultery with a young starlet from his TV show. Miriam leaves Barney just as he begins to display signs of Alzheimer’s disease. As his life nears its end, Barney finds some resolution with his estranged wife, Miriam, and his daughter becomes his caretaker.
BARNEY’S VERSION is extremely well acted. Paul Giamatti as Barney is masterful in his portrayal, deftly capturing both Barney’s worst behavioral traits while never losing Barney’s indefinable charm. Rosamund Pike as Miriam is also amazing, and her demure simplicity provides the perfect counterpoint to Barney’s excessiveness.
However, even with superb acting, the movie is abhorrent. It contains a very strong Romantic worldview with tragic, anti-biblical characters who behave immorally while never truly changing their ways. It also contains strong foul language, very strong accumulative sexual content, explicit nudity, strong alcohol use, and other immoral content. BARNEY’S VERSION is hardly a version worth hearing or seeing.
The performances in BARNEY’S VERSION are excellent, but the story is depressing and abhorrent overall. It has a very strong Romantic worldview with tragic, anti-biblical characters who behave immorally while never truly changing their ways. It also contains abundant foul language, very strong sexual content, explicit nudity, strong alcohol use, and other immoral content. BARNEY’S VERSION is hardly a version worth hearing or seeing.