Edtv (1999)

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Edtv (1999)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Rob Reiner, Dennis Hopper

Storyline:

A television network that specializes in Reality format decides to have a program where in they show the life of an ordinary guy. And the guy they choose is Ed, an ordinary guy. At first, things seem ok but when he reveals that his brother, Ray is cheating on his girlfriend, Shari and when he goes to see her, he reveals that he has been harboring feelings for her. While they try to see if they can have a relationship, the presence of the cameras make it difficult. When his contract is extended, Ed is not sure if he wants to keep on doing it but the network president, is holding him to his contract. And what happens is that Shari doesn’t want to stay in town and all sorts of family secrets are revealed.

One review

  • How is it different from The Truman Show? That’s what everyone keeps asking. Well, consider this: how is The Truman Show different from the ongoing documentary series that began with 7 Up or MTV’s The Real World? Real people in relatively unmanufactured situations? The difference is in the details and Ed TV tickles as much as it tantalizes.

    Like Truman Banks, Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) is the star of his own television show. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the banalities of the San Franciscan’s life are broadcast to people around the country. Unlike Truman, Ed agreed and is very aware that he’s live on the air. He and his eponymous show are the brainchild of a programming director named Cynthia (cannily played by Ellen DeGeneres, whose own outing was and still is the subject of national scrutiny), who deems Ed the perfect candidate.

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