Barney Thomson

2016 NR 1h 36m DVD

Barney Thomson

2016 NR 1h 36m DVD
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Glaswegian barber Barney Thomson is leading a humdrum existence until the moment he accidentally offs his boss and plunges into the world of a serial killer. When Barney looks to his devious mum to help cover his tracks, she leaps to the challenge.
Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Emma Thompson, Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Stephen McCole, Brian Pettifer
Robert Carlyle
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Barney Thomson is a dark comedy that tries to blend a serial killer mystery with a tale about a hapless, barely employed barber (Robert Carlyle) who has a domineering mother (Emma Thompson). Expect a few on-screen deaths that aren't especially violent in and of themselves, but there are also a lot of dismembered body parts on display (including a man's genitals). Some characters smoke cigarettes, and just about everyone swears pretty much constantly (mostly "f--k" and "s--t"). On the upside, in the end, the main character stays true to his beliefs and tries to do the right thing.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Two scenes include accidental killings, neither of which is especially violent or gruesome. But a key part of the film centers on a serial killer who dismembers victims, and quite a lot of body parts are shown, sometimes wrapped in plastic and sometimes out in the open -- including a close-up of a severed penis. Fighting.


Almost every character swears a blue streak in nearly every scene, especially "f--k," "s--t," and variations thereof.

Social Behavior

Barney tries to do the right thing, even though he seems thwarted at every turn. In the end, he stays true to his beliefs and lets the people around him drag themselves down.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some main characters smoke frequently.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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