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by Hawkboy

"Fame sucks. So say the famous people."
5 stars

Don't dismiss it as a "Truman Show" rip-off; Ron Howard and Matthew McConaghey know what they're doing.

Of course, it would be impossible to watch "Ed TV" without thinking of "The Truman Show"; "Truman" came out a few short months ago, and our attention spans aren't as short as some folk would think. Is the movie similar to "Truman"? Yes. Does that take away from the film itself? Not in the slightest.

Matthew McConaghey plays Ed, a video store clerk who is selected to have his life filmed, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Of course, in the beginning, as fame and fortune rain down upon Ed and his family and friends (Martin Landau is excellent as Ed's step-father; Woody Harrelson is equally good as his brother), life is good. But as the fame begins to destroy all that Ed cares about, he begins to realise that maybe celebrity isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

Unoriginal message aside (Fame is bad? Thank you for telling us, famous people. Go back to your mansions), "Ed TV" is saved by its sense of humour and its performances. Writers Ganz and Mandel have worked with Ron Howard numerous times before, and their writing fits in with his direction easily and comfortably. The dialogue is quick, clever, and manages to breathe life into the otherwise tired message of the film. All of the performances are top-rate, although with such a huge cast, some good actors are lost (Adam Goldberg, for example). Combine this with a great series of twists at the ending, and you've got a movie with heart and humour that everyone should enjoy. Is it better than "Truman"? I don't think so; "Truman" managed to be funny and make a serious point about our society, while "Ed" never really turns its eye on the public. "Ed TV" simply points to the TV executives as the villains, without looking at the people who watch the shows. But consider "Ed TV" the "Doctor Strangelove" and "The Truman Show" the "Fail-Safe" of the "TV is evil" movies. They're both excellent - one just takes a slightly lighter view of things.

Ron Howard wasn't blessed with good timing for this movie, but he was blessed with good acting and writing, which more than compensates.

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9/14/17 morris campbell good not great 4 stars
9/11/09 the dork knight just enough jokes (Woody helps lots) and twists to make it worth a rent 4 stars
10/22/08 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
1/13/07 Tiffany funny, got a great laugh. 4 stars
9/02/05 ES s'ok, doesn't go anywhere and the laughs are scarce but hardly terrible 3 stars
6/12/05 Elaine Loved MM in it 4 stars
6/15/03 Jack Sommersby Far better than the overpraised, unctuous "The Truman Show". 4 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper This is such a great flick. McConaghey and Elfman were fantastic. 5 stars
9/17/02 Phil M. Aficionado Makes its point with LOL humor and fine acting and directing. Good ending.Fun&witty filled 4 stars
1/08/02 Andrew Carden Unfunny, but Interesting To The Point To Overlook. 3 stars
4/16/01 LiL Fantastic, this comedy is one of the best. 5 stars
2/28/01 Chris Very Funny and down to Earth! 5 stars
11/03/00 Terrie Smith Enjoyable comedy; McConaughey makes the most of it. Good supporting cast. 4 stars
10/17/00 Jed Yes folks despite that ellen is in this. This movie is still good. 5 stars
8/15/00 Chickiepoo Mattie Mccrappy looks like he's anorexic and the others aint all that either. 1 stars
3/14/00 Bozo Hey, fax pax - your mom is a degenarate, not ellen. this movie was Ok at best 3 stars
3/10/00 David Rogers Way better than the Truman Show. Sorry Jim Carrey, just had to say it. 5 stars
10/18/99 The Bomb 69 extremely funny but true to life as well 5 stars
10/17/99 "JED" I never expected to be this good well maybe because its similar to the great TRUMAN SHOW 5 stars
9/24/99 Pamernilla This was a great flick! Well written and played out. 5 stars
9/17/99 strike Mildly entertaining in places, but ultimately not good. 2 stars
7/12/99 ken heine the cat scene was cool. 3 stars
6/16/99 David With targets so big and easy, why is this movie so light and soft? 2 stars
5/29/99 MRHOLLYWOOD !! Tried too hard. Ellen is great though. Wait till video. 3 stars
5/21/99 Fax Pax Ellen Degenerate sucked on TV and sucks even more on the big screen! 1 stars
5/08/99 BraveFan Wish it hadn't atttempted a "statement" - didn't need one/ Howard churns out the formula. 3 stars
4/27/99 Angie Soooo much better than the Truman Show AND funnier!! 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson A lot more than I expected, nice shout out to Eugene, OR 4 stars
4/14/99 Ami the Wonderbread hmm. still thinking about this one. 3 stars
4/08/99 Vinny H. SF audience loved it. Lotsa fun. A pisser. 5 stars
4/08/99 Big Jimmy why the hell was clint howard in this movie, what's with his fucking hair? 3 stars
4/07/99 Geoffrey T. Spaulding Funny ass fucking movie! I laughed my fucking ass off, GO SEE IT! 5 stars
4/07/99 Adam Carey Eh. 3 stars
4/05/99 Malbert Boring 1 stars
4/05/99 Stephanie Touching, surprising, thought it would be like "Truman" but it wasn't. 5 stars
4/02/99 Explorer It was very, very funny! I liked it better than the Truman show! 5 stars
4/02/99 Dirty Dave Capone Funny as shit, definately better than the truman show, I was in tears a few times 5 stars
3/31/99 Erin it sucked 1 stars
3/31/99 buddy I liked it alot...until the absurd ending. 4 stars
3/30/99 CM Affleck Nothing like Truman, its so much better. An interesting concept as well. 5 stars
3/30/99 Daddy Rich Very funny and a great overall plot. Well worth the money. 4 stars
3/29/99 Donna Many Funny Lines 5 stars
3/28/99 HeatherLadyBug "Don't believe the hype" pretty baaadd 1 stars
3/26/99 Shel Matthew McConauga Hey Hey Hey Alright Alright Alright rocks in this one. 5 stars
3/14/99 Ah Dooey I love Hawkboy's review! This movie rules! 5 stars
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