It's not hard to see why Paul Giamatti snagged a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination for his role as Barney Panofsky in 'Barney's Version,' out this week. 'Barney's Version' is based on the Mordecai Richler novel, and Giamatti is pitch-perfect as the selfish womanizer protagonist -- you can't help but root for him. Even when he's hitting on one of his wife's friends at his own wedding.
It should also come as no surprise that the movie's poster features a nice shot of Barney bonding with his dear old dad, Izzy, played by Dustin Hoffman. Many of the movie's best scenes feature the two enjoying their own special brand of father-son moments, like when Barney loses it on his hoity-toity father-in-law for looking down on salt-of-the-earth Izzy, a retired cop.
Barney turns to his dad for advice about everything, including whether he should divorce his rich, pretty wife to pursue her friend. Izzy, in turn, provides classic nuggets of wisdom like, "She's a well-bred woman who makes a nice kugel and has a beautiful rack. Many successful marriages have been built on far less." (As an interesting bit of father-son trivia, Dustin's real-life son, Jake Hoffman, plays Barney's son Michael in the flick.)
In honor of this week's release of 'Barney's Version,' and in keeping with the holiday spirit of family bonding, here's a list of my top five favorite father-son movie duos.