Sharp, funny, and unreasonably compelling. Did you know that Chuck Barris, the rabbit-toothed mogul who created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show, was also a hitman for the CIA? The oddball fascination of this adaptation of Barris’ autobiography is that it treats his absurd claim of a double life in trash TV and espionage as a story so strange, so beyond the pale of what even a huckster like Barris would dare to make up, that it could, maybe, just possibly be true. The young actor Sam Rockwell works up a disarming sympathy for this frantic hustler, and the movie, nimbly directed by George Clooney, plays as an ironic pop biopic whose subject is trivially off-center enough to make Ed Wood or Bob Crane look like Gandhi.
Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, Rutger Hauer, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Fred Savage; Director: George Clooney; Author: Charlie Kaufman; Producer (person): Andrew Lazar, Steven Soderbergh; Release Date Wide: 12/27/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 113; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Miramax
Posted January 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
- Casting Net: James Marsden, Rosario Dawson, more lend voices to 'Henchmen'
- Bruce Jenner in photo shoot as woman
- Judy Greer and Nat Faxon preview 'Married' season 2
- Universal TV to adapt 'The Wicked + The Divine' comic for TV
- Emma Stone as an Asian-American in 'Aloha': Who's buying it?
- Iggy Azalea cancels Great Escape Tour
- Marvel contest gives teen girls the chance to attend 'Ant-Man' premiere
- Summer Music Preview 2015: 12 best festivals
- Summer Music Preview 2015: 12 biggest albums
- TV Season Finale Awards: YOUR 2015 winners are...
- Chris Pratt makes a splash: EW Summer Must List photos
- Bill Paxton reminisces about 15 key roles
- Cruel Intentions Reunion, Kim Kardashian, Soleil & Demi and More!