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Barney's Version

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Paul Giamatti does a good turn as disaster-prone Canadian TV producer Barney

Barney's Version

Looking like he's just slouched off Sideways’ set, Paul Giamatti elevates this shaggy-dog story, adapted from Mordecai richler’s comic novel about the three marriages in the life of Barney Panofsky, a womanising TV producer.

Despite the 30-year scope, Giamatti plays the shabby grumpus with the ease of a man blowing smoke from a fat cigar.

The final act slumps into sentimentality, but with Dustin Hoffman all-a-twinkle as Panofsky’s dad and the story plotted at a pleasant amble, old-school star charm and old-fashioned storytelling compensate.

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