TV producer by day, alleged CIA operative by night, Chuck Barris created some of the most infamous television ever produced; The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The $1.98 Beauty Pageant, and his masterpiece, The Gong Show. Chuck Barris' autobiography is brought to the screen by Steven Soderbergh, Charlie Kaufman, and in a remarkable debut as director, George Clooney, who effectively recreates the dadaesque chaos of Barris' life in the seventies.
Sam Rockwell gives a powerhouse performance as Barris, with all his awkward nervous tics in place. Julia Roberts plays against type as a dangerous assassin, and Brad Pitt and Matt Damon make cameos as Dating Game contestants. The most telling moment is the final scene with Barris himself, appearing as a man who still seems to struggle with insecurity even after creating and achieving so much in his career.