rated - SIMMERING
What a shame for the filmmakers that this film came out after The
Truman Show. It stole their thunder. Then again, EdTV is based on a
French Canadian film called Louis XIX, King of the Airwaves, so I guess
they can't be surprised that it isn't praised as an original idea.
It's a well-executed film, immediately recognisable as a Ron Howard
film. It is visually very interesting - well directed, funny, and
extremely well cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as
brothers? Brilliant! And both give wonderful performances. On the other
hand, Jenna Elfman is wasted as Shari, the love interest. She is all
but unrecognisable, and has not enough to do. She's just the
Speaking of clichés, Liz Hurley has a spot as a predatory model,
and she brings absolutely nothing to the role. Honestly, I can't
understand why this girl keeps getting comedy gigs. She's both awkward
This film is most interesting in its depiction of a working class
family in the USA. People have ordinary (very ordinary) jobs, people
are unemployed, people spend a lot of time eating and watching TV. The
other interesting aspect of the film is the attention given to the
people who are watching EdTV. Unfortunately, this is mostly played for
laughs, when a more thoughtful analysis would have been intriguing.
So all in all, I think The Truman Show took a more thoughtful approach
to similar issues. This is a more show-biz approach to the material.
And what's wrong with that?