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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

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As the coarse, ambitious nebbish behind TV gameshows The Gong Show and The Dating Game, Chuck Barris probably deserved his own Auto Focus-style tragicomedy. Throw in his post-fame claims that he was a CIA hitman, and you have all the ingredients for a pop-culture treat.

George Clooney certainly thinks so, his good-looking directorial debut displaying a kid-in-sweetshop glee and a savvy way with Adaptation scripter Charlie Kaufman's narrative. Add in Sam Rockwell's hyperactive turn as Barris, Drew Barrymore's sweet girlfriend and Clooney's own poker-faced spymaster, and you end up with that rarest of postmodern films: as wise as it is clever.

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