Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
This dark comedy is based on Chuck Barris’ hard-to-believe autobiography, in which he claims that his job as a raunchy television producer was a cover for his job as CIA hit man. CIA agent Jim Byrd (George Clooney) recruits Barris (Sam Rockwell) as an assassin. Once he’s trained. Barris begins to incorporate his killings into “The Dating Game” show, sending winning couples to locations like Berlin. A mole enters the picture, and Barris must come to grips with the possibility that he may be the next dead one. He vacillates between love interests Patricia (Julia Roberts) who is a spy and Penny (Drew Barrymore) who knows nothing of his secret life.
The vulgar, sex-obsessed, selfish Chuck Barris is hardly big-screen material. The film treats his murder missions nonchalantly, presenting them as dark comedy. If you decide to see the film with its bad language, sexual content, violence and rear nudity, afterwards you may feel the need to offer up some confessions of your own.