With any comedy there is also a realm of truth and seriousness. The point of this film which I think the first reviewer missed, is that it is telling us something about the reality TV craze that has swept our country. Even after the horror of 9/11 which came after this film, we soon went back to the craze of reality TV shows where so called non actors who are real people are paid to be on TV whether it is the Bachelor or Survivor, they are often sleep deprived to be more emotional and make whatever happens on camera more intense. So how real is real when it is this contrived? In this film <more>
Edtv I see the insanity and ugliness of the producers wonderfully portrayed by Rob Reiner and Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen eventually so sickened by what the show is doing to Ed's Matthew MaConaughey's life that she helps him to get out of the live TV broadcast by blacking mailing Rob Reiner's character with some highly personal information. While the film is funny and entertaining, it also, if we are pay attention tells us that this need to be voyeurs into the so called private and real lives of each other is dangerous and even contrived to the point of ruthless by the producers who use Ed and anyone he dates and his family for their own success. Family secrets and mistakes are revealed on television in this film, in glaring ways that break up Ed's mother and step dad and he loses his new girlfriend thanks to his life being public.Gee, much like reality TV today! Yes, one can argue that the non actors real people who sign up should know better and whatever they get, they deserve. Maybe we should also know better than to be a nation that peeps through key holes. This film is relevant and well acted by everyone in it.
Light hearted. Funny. Movitational. Smart. A Class movie. I was laughing throughout. Smiling at the end wanting more. Brilliant and realistic performance by Mathew, Woody and everyone. Very good script. Superb direction. No vulgarity. No special effects. No big stars. Some parts of the movie are even better than The Truman Show. "A nobody looser, accidentally chosen for a reality show becomes a superstar. Finds true love, respect of family and brother. Then has to choose between relationships and stardom." Best scenes are: when Ed's video is reviewed and selected; Ed gets up and <more>
a camera is on his face. When he and his brother are about to fight; The cameras following Ed's every move; Ed's final revelation and pulling the plug.
I can't say enough about this film! Nor can I think of a Ron Howard movie that I didn't like. Ed TV takes the "real TV" concept much farther than did Truman.If you haven't seen this, check it out!
Exposes The Vulgarity Of Reality Shows,And The Public That Loves Them (by gatsby2244)
I never liked reality shows,and when this movie was shown on cable I decided to watch it and found it really interesting.Matthew McConaughey plays video store clerk Ed Pekurny who lives with his parents and his big brother Ray Pekurny,played by Woody Harrelson.He is hired by a TV company that wants to do a 24-hour reality show based on his life,and Ed grabs the offer.In the beginning,the public tells Ed that his show 'stinks',but as they see him getting involved with his elder brother's girlfriend,the ratings go above the roof.What's more,when Ed makes out live with the <more>
bombshell to end all bombshells,that is Elizabeth Hurley,the interest verges on voyeurism.The icing in the cake comes when Ed's father suddenly turns up from nowhere,having abandoned him and his brother years ago.The film is a well-made documentation of the vulgarity of the public that makes up the television audience not only in America,but the whole world.Sex and scandal will always be the top-sellers,whether it is an ordinary man's tale or that of a celebrity.In fact,it is Ed's scandalous life that makes him America's Number One celebrity.McConaughey plays his role with ease,and so does Harrelson.Ellen Degeneres is good as the unscrupulous TV producer,while Elizabeth Hurley's brief appearance leaves the audience gasping for more.Quite entertaining and very candidly made.
This film has been unfairly compared with 'The Truman show'. Although the two films deal with the same subject matter, viewing of them both go into different directions.Matthew McConaughey Ed and Jenna Elfman Shari are terrific as the couple trying to get together but are forced to confront the camera at every turn. Woody Harrelson Ray is great as the Lecherous, fickle and then bitter brother I won't spoil it by telling you why .Ellen DeGeneres Cynthia is great as the cable TV exec who is eventually torn between the job and conscience. Rob Reiner Whitiker does a <more>
brilliant job as the main exec who is a complete bastard.Ron Howard's direction is smooth and the editing is even better when you get the DVD and see how much was left out. It could easily have been far too long and got bogged down with detail.All in all there are great laughs to be had especially when Ed and Jill Liz Hurley have go on a date and may have to actually 'perform' for the cameras. It does ask the question 'How far will TV go to secure ratings?' That question is constantly being answered...This is just great fun. Try not to analyse it too much or you'll ruin it for yourself...
Martin Landau Is Superb In This Under Rated Gem (by slightlymad22)
This movie features one of my favourite Matthew McConaughey performances. And is a movie I think is horribly under rated. It's a movie I can watch at any time, good mood or bad, feeling well or feeling sick, winter, spring, summer or autumn. This movie always holds my attention. Plot In A Paragraph: Television Network, Reality TV, decides to have a show where they show the life of an ordinary guy, 24 hours a day And the ordinary guy they choose is Ed Pekurney Matthew McConaughey despite the fact that he didn't film an audition, but appeared on his brother Ray's Woody Harrelson <more>
audition tape. At first, everything is OK, but soon the presence of the cameras, and ensuing celebrity status cause problems and all sorts of family secrets are revealed to the world. Directed by Ron Howard, filled with great performances, and contains a great score by Randy Edalman and a great song by Bon Jovi "EdTv" was unfortunate to come out a year after Jim Carrey's "Truman Show" which all though also dealt with one man being on TV 24 hours a day, is a totally different concept, as the main star on "The Truman Show" didn't know he was on TV, and didn't know everyone in his life was an actor, in "EdTv" Matthew McConaughey willingly signs up for the show. Sadly it was considered an imitation movie and suffered in comparison at the Box Office.The full cast give great performances McConaughey and Harrelson are always reliable but Jenna Elfman and Ellen DeGeneres more than hold their own. Rob Reiner and Dennis Hopper are both fun and Elizabeth Hurley Who I have never been a fan of is perfectly cast as the fame hungry Jill.However, for this reviewer it is Martin Landau as Ed's stepdad who steals the show, He is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Anybody who wants to get into the reality TV world, which is 100% more popular now, than it is was when this movie was made. Needs to watch this show as a warning about the double edged sword of fame/celebrity and reality TV.
Very entertaining, a real gem of a funny movie. (by TxMike)
I first want to say, all those comparing EDtv to "Truman" just miss the point completely. They are as different in approach and intent as are "The Rock" and "The Birdman of Alcatraz" which both happen to be set in the same prison."EDtv" is meant to be a comedy with a lot of subtle and not so subtle references to the intrusive nature of the media. The characters are very engaging and well-acted. I laughed all the way through this movie. That's all I think it was supposed to be. It isn't quite as good as "As Good As It Gets" or <more>
I thought this was a really funny film with some pricelines lines especially from Martin Landau. It's quite a believable story infact it's surprising it hasn't been done for real. Consistantly good director Ron Howard keeps the pace flowing from beginning to end. It seems to be impossible to not mention 'you know what' when talking about this film so I won't, but it's the reason why I've only just seen this which is a shame as I've been missing a thoroughly good piece of entertainment! 8/10
like the real world, only on one particular guy! (by emilie8605)
Edtv is a great movie that proves that life on the cameras can be very annoying after a long period of time. Ed is a normal guy who thinks that fame could prove to his advantage when slowly and surely, he realizes that fame has bad after effects after the family and the loved ones are bothered by cameras in the face as well. Jenna Elfman, who played the hippie wife in dharma and greg, didnt really fit in the movie in my opinion. perhaps another leading lady, like renee zilweger or leelee sobelki would have done a better performance. this movie is on sometimes on tbs, and they usually do <more>
several repeats over and over again, so if you have the opportunity to watch cable, then watch edtv.