Robert Carlyle plays a hapless barber whose mediocre, mundane life suddenly transforms when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks from a bearish detective (Ray Winstone), he turns to his domineering, emasculating mother (Emma Thompson) for help. (NR – 96 minutes)
The Glaswegian accents with which its actors speak are so thick that they can be cut with a knife but you do not have to understand every line of the movie’s dialogue to dig “Barney Thomson’s” dark sense of humor. The new dark comedy is eccentric enough that it becomes absorbing and, as a result, your mind fills in the gaps where the indecipherable words reside. Star Robert Carlyle, who also write and directed the film, perfectly portrays the title character’s panicked confusion in the midst of his mishaps while Emma Thompson is equal parts screwy and scary.