Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for language, sexual content and violence
DVD Features: Commentary with director George Clooney and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Six behind the scenes vignettes; Sam Rockwell screen tests; Gong Show acts; The Real Chuck Barris documentary; Still gallery; French language track; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Sam Rockwell (Charlie's Angels and Galaxy Quest) engagingly plays the wildly inventive and somewhat crazy Chuck Barris. Appearing in almost every scene, the film follows the wannabe TV-producer who becomes both master of the 1970s game show genre as well as a freelance assassin for the CIA. According to the film's plot, a broke Barris was approached by a secret agent (played by the film's director, George Clooney) before he made it in TV. He bumps off a few Latin American thugs and even keeps at it after his initial success producing The Dating Game at ABC, just for the fun of it. He has the perfect cover when he chaperones some of the winners to locations he'd set up in places like Helsinki and Berlin. We also get to see his serious womanizing, when he's not with his long-term girlfriend Drew Barrymore. Barris' multiple dalliances include ABC staffers and even fellow spy Julia Roberts. She's just one of Clooney's friends who appear in the film. You can spy Brad Pitt and Matt Damon as contestants on The Dating Game. The film is an auspicious directing debut for Clooney and it was written by the excellent new screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation), but it's Sam Rockwell's performance that makes this weird but interesting film worth seeing.