ED TV (***) - Itís impossible to start watching ED TV without thinking of The Truman Show. The opening sequence is almost identical to the trailers that were put out for Truman last year. This is a film that will be more enjoyable to anyone who hasnít already witnessed the magical tapestry woven by Peter Weirís 1998 masterpiece. But that being said - ED TV won me over eventually on the strength of its performances and its storytelling despite a numerous amount of shortcomings. Ron Howard, in my opinion, has never directed a bad film (not counting his early Roger Corman days) and maybe that track record makes me give him the benefit of the doubt here.I wanted to believe this film had little in common with the Jim Carrey film and this began to take effect during the scene where Ed is finally put on the air, waking up scratching himself and spouting morning wood. This whole scene had me laughing and I began to enjoy ED TV. McConaughey makes a perfect Ed with his ďaw, shucksĒ kinda charm and good Ďol boy-type attitude. But the film is full of good performances, most notably Woody Harrelson and Martin Landau - particularly during a touching cemetery scene. I liked the way ED TV used the newspapers to reflect opinion polls on the real life stars of the show and the way those opinions reflected upon the individuals. The film also has some good fun with the real-life dramas of Edís family and the twists they take. But the film is just trying to be a comedy and nothing more. Not that thereís anything wrong with that - but a comedy of this magnitude deserves its script to ask a few more questions. I wish that Ed didnít hook up so early with his brotherís girlfriend, because this one subplot threatens to swallow up anything else the film wants to be about. This romantic angle should have been dragged on a little more. One point Iíve been consistently bringing up is the manner of which the film presents its big love-making ratings scheme with Elizabeth Hurley. The script misses the boat to comment on how actors always talk about doing love scenes and how its so hard and the most passionless setting ever. Here they have Ed go after Hurley with no qualms about the other 3 guys in the room, not to mention the hundred of people outside the apartment. I liked the use of the stalker in the film, but was left wanting more with that angle. Thatís the main problem with ED TV - is that itís not ambitious enough. Just because a comedy is there for mainly big laughs doesnít mean it canít aspire to be a film like Tootsie which had big laughs and a lot of social commentary.And thatís a shame because I enjoyed myself during ED TV for the most part. I had enough laughs to where I can recommend the film on that basis alone. But I canít help think - that even if The Truman Show never existed - ED TV really wouldnít have been much better.