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We See Chick Flicks: “Barney’s Version”

Okay, “Barney’s Version” is not a traditional chick flick. But I’m a chick (and it co-stars three chicks). It’s a flick. And I loved this movie with every fiber of my being.

Q&A QUESTIONS FOR ROSAMUND PIKE IN MY PHONE

HE BELIEVES IT IS LOVE AT FIRST SITE

HE IS A STALKER: FOLLOWING HER TO HER TRAIN ON HIS WEDDING NIGHT, SENDING HER FLOWERS NONSTOP, REFUSING TO STOP WHEN SHE ASKS HIM, HE BARFS ON THEIR FIRST DATE AND PASSES OUT DRUNK

UNCLEAR WHY SHE CHOOSES HIM – I GUESS SHE SEES THE ROMANTIC INSIDE AND IS STILL REELING FROM HER FATHER’S CHEATING AS A CHILD

HE’S NOT EXACTLY A BAD HUSBAND – DEVOTED AND SWEET AT TIMES, BUT AN ALCOHOLIC WHO PRIORITIZED DRINKING NIGHTS OUT AND SPORTS MATCHES OVER SUPPORTING HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, ALSO DISCOURAGES HER FROM GOING BACK TO WORK AFTER THE KIDS ARE BORN (THOUGH THAT MAY BE A FUCNTION OF THE TIMES)

HE’S A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE CHARACTER, SELF-LOATHING FOR RUNNING A PRODUCTINO COMPANY THAT DOES A SOAP OPERA, THE DRINKING, GIVING MONEY TO HIS ARTIST FRIENDS WHO IN SOME CASES DON’T HAVE MUCH TO SHOW FOR IT, HIS BEST FRIEND IS A COCAINE ADDICT, MARRIES RACHELLE LEFEVRE ONLY BECAUSE SHE’S PREGNANT, MARRIES MINNIE DRIVER ONLY BECAUSE SHE’S PRETTY

YOU WONDER AFTER MARRYING TWICE PPOORLY IF ONE IS ALLOWED TO FALL IN LOVE INSTANTLY AND ALMOST OBSESSIVELYThe verdict:

While it’s not in all ways comparable to a Woody Allen film (this isn’t a spoiler alert, but it gets a little soppy and emotional in the end), most of “Barney’s Version” reminded me of an Allen flick. The nonstop couplings and un-couplings, the irreverent humor, the unselfconsciously intellectual characters and self-loathing male lead were all ripping a page from Allen’s book.

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