Matthew McConaughey takes on the Truman role as Ed, a man who has been hired to have his life filmed twenty-four hours a day. This might sound familiar to 1998's blockbuster hit The Truman Show, but it is not even close. Of course, the premise behind the same movies are the same, the debate whether it is morally right to invade someone's privacy without their control, but otherwise, everything is different. Ed knows he is being filmed the entire time, and the movie focused more on a normal Joe Blow who has an ordinary life instead of a picture-perfect man living in a picture-perfect town such as in The Truman Show. The result? Not as good as The Truman Show in any respect, but still a good watch.
The movie focuses, of course, on Ed and the girlfriend that he stole from his brother (played by Woody Harrelson, who does a hilarious job). The girlfriend, Shari, is played by Jenna Elfman. Their affair begins on television but as their romance continues, Shari becomes annoyed by the lack of privacy. Basically, Ed has to choose between a world of fame and the woman he loves, but in the end, the choice may not be his.
The key question, however, is whether this movie is funny. There are some really hilarious scenes in edTV, such as the "sex" scene with Elizabeth Hurley, and just about every scene with Woody Harrelson. There are also some slow scenes, and, like so many movies these days, the comedy wears out near the end. However, there is more than enough to keep anyone entertained for the entire two hours.
edTV is a romance comedy, and basically, it isn't that romantic. But, on the other hand, it is pretty funny, and, being directed by Ron Howard, has a nice look. I won't recommend it over its distant cousin The Truman Show, but edTV is definitely worth a peek.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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