Release Date
January 24, 2003
Director
George Clooney
Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman
Based On The Memoirs Of
Chuck Barris
Distributed By
Miramax
Budget
$30 million
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Rated R for language, sexual content and violence
113 minutes

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

Sam Rockwell has a way with flawed anti-heroes and his performance in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” is a prime example of that. Directed by and starring George Clooney, “Confessions” follows the autobiographical (and somewhat contested) true-to-life story of Chuck Barris, best known for developing the concept for The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. Where Barris’ life comes into question is whether or not he was secretly a CIA agent on the side of being a television producer and songwriter. The film unfolds this story, with Rockwell playing Barris, right before our eyes, mixing in real life interviews with people that knew Barris, like Dick Clark and Dating Game host Jim Lange.

Written by the ethereal Charlie Kaufman, working off the real life memoir of Chuck Barris, “Confessions” spans most of one man’s entire adult life and speaks with such a distinct tongue that will not soon be forgotten. Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts offer delicate performances, bringing to life these somewhat unbelievable women with a grace that forces you to take them seriously. You look forward to Barrymore’s presence, as she garners a strong presence and strong sexuality that radiates in every scene. Rockwell, however, is the enigmatic force of the film that creates both a congenial and melancholy presence all at the same time. He’s a playboy, but a drifter, a cold blooded killer yet an enthusiastic game show host. Rockwell covers all these bases with ease and constantly impresses. Whether or not the real life Chuck Barris is speaking the truth does not change the fact that his life makes for an entertaining jaunt in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and Clooney does an expert job at delivering this eccentric story to the big screen.

 

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