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'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'
(Elizabeth Hurley, Mathew Perry / R / 113 mins / Miramax)

Overview: Based upon the memoir of the same name, this darkly comical biography chronicles the life of Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), the man who created The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and The Newlywed Game and who claimed that he led a double life as an assassin for the CIA (it's never been proved one way or the other). The movie marks the directorial debut of George Clooney, who recruited a couple of his movie star friends (Drew Barrymore, who plays Barris' lover and occasional companion, and Julia Roberts, in a bit part as a mysterious spy) to help him.

Verdict:Whilst hugely entertaining, íConfessions of a Dangerous Mindí is also an oddly fascinating depiction of an architect of pop culture. A powerful and creative film, George Clooney's stealthily thought-provoking and brashly entertaining rendering of Chuck Barris' book is tremendously clever, and yet remains a captivating enigma. Not because of Barris's monstrous fibbing, but because it resists being experienced as satire for the sake of its own satirical integrity. In the end though, íConfessionsí is a fun ride that sustains itself despite a rather thin premise.
Reviewed by Russ Trunk

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