Barney’s Version


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Release Date: 2011

Plot Outline: This is the touching story of Barney Panofsky. A politically incorrect, selfish, self absorbed man.

Barney’s Version was a beautiful depiction of a man’s life from the years of his youth to his final days. This film reminded me of the beginning sequence of Pixar’s, Up, only as a whole movie. Barney’s Version was something special. It was enchanting and engaging. Barney’s Version completely captivated me and I still want more, even weeks after seeing the film.

I loved the various relationships in this film. The relationship between Barney and his significant others, his best friend, and his children are all fascinating dynamics that I long to know more about. I couldn’t get enough of Barney’s interactions with his family and friends.

Barney is a fascinating character. He is self serving but also a caring person to a degree. He is extremely unlikable but I found myself rooting for him and feeling sorry for him a lot of the time. Because Barney is self serving, we see the way other characters in this film are affected by his selfishness and negative behavior. This film shows us that the decisions we make and the way we treat others has a large effect on other people’s lives and our relationships with the people in our lives. Barney’s (Paul Giamatti) choices show us how each decision we make in our lives can impact the rest of our life in ways we never could have imagined. Barney’s Version shows us how short and precious life is and that our decisions and our behavior matters.

This is a film that will warm your heart and break it at the same time. This is a film that will leave you thinking about your own life for a while. It is very touching and incredibly enjoyable to watch.

Barney’s Version is precious. I highly recommend this movie. It is a unique cinematic experience.


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