A quite unusual film that does not follow the usual paths of easily digestible and perfectly compositioned storytelling but instead chronicles the rather adventurous, complicated and utterly ruminative life of Barney. While you might have a hard time finding the protagonist as likeable as you might find the heroes of your average romcom, you will also be far more interested in him as his multi-dimensional character makes it much easier to relate to him as a human being, both through thick and thin. Here lies maybe the only criticism I entertain regarding this film. I do like Paul Giamatti just like the next person but I think he was not the best choice to play this. He might have what it takes to portray the downtrodden and out-of-luck side of Barney’s life but he is lacking the panache and flamboyant side that validates all the adventures and quite good things he enjoyed throughout his life. Also, the film lightens up whenever Dustin Hoffman is on screen because talents just radiates of the screen. However, a supporting character/actor should not steal the show of the main character but sadly this is the case. The rest of the case is great, Minnie Driver is sexy as hell and plays her role well. The film drags on a bit towards the middle as it prepares its cresecendo to the climax but that is something easily digested and ignored. All in all, a film that is not spectacular but the more true for what it’s worth and definitely worth your time.