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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

By Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Well-acted and well-written, for mature teens+.

Movie R 2002 113 minutes
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Confessions lives up to its first class pedigree. Scenes cut between garishly colorful game show sets, the icy streets of cities behind the Iron Curtain that are interspersed with shots of Barris's squalid Philadelphia beginnings and, finally, his lavish Hollywood success. It's a jarring juxtaposition, made all the more unsettling by the fact that Barris champions feel-good, tacky television fare while covertly going on missions to kill Russian spies in dark alleys. The film delves heavily into adult themes related to sex and relationships, and his participation in contract killings is depicted graphically and hauntingly --never without some attention to the cost to the character's psyche and his relationships to others. Parents will be intrigued but should think twice about watching with kids.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 23, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: September 9, 2003
  • Cast: Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Inclusion Information: Bisexual actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexual content, and violence.
  • Last updated: February 3, 2023

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