At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind marks a stylish and daring foray into direction.
Whilst the film is undoubtedly crisp, its strength is also ultimately its downfall - this film is both a black comedy and a thriller but the two don't sit together well and the comedy ultimately undermines the thriller elements.
Dick Clark, Dating Game host Jim Lange, frequent Gong Show panelist Jaye P. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Brimming with slightly self-conscious directorial panache, the movie zips between nearly three decades, fantasy and reality without ever really deciding how seriously it wants to take itself. Though the real-life Barris has yet to confirm or deny his double life as detailed in his autobiography of the same name, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is an fascinating tale about an even more fascinating guy. It sits back and lets the scenario unfold without question - and does so with such considerable spirit and vigour that it's hard not to get lured in and pulled along for the ride. From their we see the supposed double life of Chuck Barris.
Regardless of whether the real-life Barris truly did have some incredible adventures within his time, or simply an overly-active imagination, this movie translates it into one heck of an enjoyable romp - slick, stylish and entrancing on the surface, and with a bracingly poignant and sobering tale lurking underneath. Chuck Barris: It's up my ass, Oliver, why don't you reach on up there and get it? On the surface he's just a trash television personality, but behind the scenes he's a lethal assassin.
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. Rutger Hauer and Clooney again show up in small parts as well, and make their scenes and chemistry with Rockwell work very well adding to both the dark tone and dry comedy of the film. It's worth a watch for more than the fact that it's Clooney's directorial debut and a Kauffman script.