Based on the autobiography by television producer and presenter Chuck Barris, the film shows how a popular TV celebrity becomes a CIA agent and paid killer. Eventually the contadictions of his dual existence become unbearable.
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One can only think how much better the film would be hadn't Kaufman script been slashed at the studio's demand. Still, this was definitely a great debut by Clooney powered by an excellent performance by Rockwell who nailed Chuck's vicissitudes.
Far too disjointed for me. For all of the shows being created and assassinations being executed, halfway through the film I felt like nothing had really happened yet. I like other Clooney directorial efforts, but not this one.
One of the most underrated/overlooked films of the 00's, this is the directorial debut of George Clooney. If midnight movies were anything more than an excuse to watch The Goonies or Rocky Horror for the gazillionth time "Confessions..." would be the new midnight movie. Or at a repertory house (if they still existed) on a double bill with "Network". Indeed, it seems to have sprung from the mind of Howard Beale.
Taking cues from Soderbergh & the Coens, Clooney's directorial debut is solid but flawed. It tries to be too many things at once & tries to balance it all out with style. It didn't even matter to me if the CIA stuff was real. But for all the flaws of adapting Kaufman's screenplay, the actors do a good job with the material. As a bonus, the cameos are great. Clooney will fare much better with Good Night, And Good Luck
Sam Rockwell's performance is pretty much the main reason to see this film,he was just a pleasure to watch. I think the rest of the cast was pretty decent too, whoa I actually enjoyed a performance by Drew Barrymore. Clooney has a nice touch in the directors chair, you can see elements of Steven Soderburgh's style though which I guess kinda helps. I liked this film but didn't love it.
I happen to know that George Clooney tore apart Kaufman's original script and change it dramatically. What resulted in a move that Kaufman himself described as trying to exude "Aren't I cute?" and an arrogance. Yes, I do blame Clooney, and wonder why in the hell he'd change Kaufman's script around. But what was left wasn't all that bad of a film, but a sporadic one that doesn't know what to think of itself.