Overall Rank: 4583
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 85
Theatrical Release Date: 12/31/2002
Genre: Biography, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: George Clooney
Actors: Dick Clark, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Sweeney, Drew Barrymore, Michael Cera, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Plot: Chuck Barris is well-known for creating hit game shows - The Dating Game and The Gong Show amongst others, but that was just a cover for his real job - a CIA assassin carrying out covert missions for the government... or so he would have you believe. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/02/2019
An interesting movie, but its narrative structure is a tad hard to follow.
Snoogans - wrote on 08/11/2014
Previous to viewing, I was unaware that this film was based on an autobiographical piece. This is not presented in a typical biopic fashion. It starts as a comedy with some nice offbeat humor, then progresses into a weird espionage tale, and finally into a pseudo-psychological examination. I like the aspects that are much different from the norm, but not everything meshed well to me. Clooney's striking direction and Rocwell's entertaining performance are the glue that hold this film together. Interesting character study.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/06/2011
Great cast, particularly Sam Rockwell in a paranoid performance. I liked the way the film used editing and parallel storylines to create a "is he or isn't he" feel that never quite resolves itself in regards to Chuck's claims. The film is as interesting and weird as the real Chuck Barris was.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/23/2012
I imagine Chuck Barris sat down to write his autobiography and realised that it would be the same as 99% of every other autobiographies ever written. Really f***ing boring. So he decided to throw in some stuff about spies and assassins to spice it up a bit. This adaptation therefore is part biography, part romance, part thriller and part comedy but is a serious case of jack of all trades and master of none. The spy scenes come across as a kind of unfunny version of Austin Powers, the romance doesn't work because he is such an unsympathetic twat (even Drew Barrymore comes across as whiny and annoying) and it just isn't very funny. It's a shame because if Clooney had concentrated on just one aspect it could've been much better; the scenes involving himself and Rutger Hauer are great. …
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