EDtv (1999)

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Critic Consensus: If it's not as ambitious as The Truman Show in satirizing the voyeuristic nature of television, EdTV is an amiable, witty comedy with fine performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.


Movie Info

The turning point in the life of Ed Pekurny comes thanks to the misfortunes of the NorthWest Broadcasting Company. Their flagship cable channel has slid into obscurity, so the program director brainstorms a last-ditch effort to save the channel: broadcast one ordinary person's life 24 hours a day, unedited.

Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related situations, partial nudity and crude language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: ?mile Gaudreault, Sylvie Bouchard, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 1999
Runtime:
Universal Studios

Cast


as Jeanette

as Whitaker

as Marcia

as Wife

as Felicia

as Panel Member

as Ms. Seaver

as McIlvaine

as Panel Member

as Desipio

as Fig Lady

as Dr. Geller

as Benson

as Himself

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Party Goer

as Video Store Clerk

as Video Store Clerk

as Entertainment Report...

as Sports Anchor

as Camera Truck Tech Dr...

as 1st Team Utility

as Camera Operator--1st...

as Camera Operator--2nd...

as Camera Operator--2nd...

as 2nd Team Utility

as Director--2nd Team

as Woman in Window

as College Girl

as College Girl

as College Girl

as Bartender

as Moderator

as Panel Member

as Panel Member

as Drunk Guy

as Teenager

as Snapple Girl

as Interviewer

as Cassie

as Girl

as Younger Man

as Interview Teenager

as Interview Teenager

as Interview Teenager

as New York Guy

as New York Guy

as New York Guy

as Production Assistant

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Party Girl

as Repairman

as Frat Guy

as Frat Guy

as Frat Guy

as Underwater Woman

as Teenage Boy

as Teenage Boy

as Teenage Boy

as Motorcycle Cop

as Cat Advocate

as Presidential Aide

as Himself

as Ken Groupie

as Confused Man

as Autograph Mom

as Delivery Man

as Band Member

as Ed's Fan

as Ed's Fan

as Female Well-Wisher

as Mama's Boy

as Reporter

as Boom Box Boy

as Whoop Boy

as Beauty Salon Owner

as Ticket Taker

as Audition Guy

as Warehouse Worker

as Warehouse Worker

as Warehouse Worker

as Grave Digger

as College Girl

as College Girl

as Teenage Boy
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Critic Reviews for EDtv

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (22)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Comic satire of reality TV; lots of dysfunction, sexuality.

Full Review… | February 3, 2015
Common Sense Media

...a fine premise that's utilized to progressively underwhelming effect...

Full Review… | November 6, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

EdTV isn't bad enough to get angry about, but it's a mundane and toothless satire.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

Diverting but ultimately toothless and innocuous.

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for EDtv

Mediocre film that could have been good, for me, EdTV reminds me way too much of The Truman Show. This is one of the most mediocre films that Ron Howard has directed. The film has its moments, but due to a poorly thought out script, it just doesn't have anything going for it. With EdTV, you can see a director starting to lose his touch. Although, he redeemed himself with A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, Ron Howard is hit and misses, and with this one, he shows signs of that. The cast were so-so. Matthew McConauhey who I find to be a decent actor wasn't good here, and Jenna Elfman was horrible. This could have been a great film, but it just ends up missing something to really make it worth seeing. This is not a memorable film. Were the film fails is the fact I felt it went all over the place in some areas. Towards the end, the film didn't what it was trying to accomplish. I thought that Ron Howard could have done a better job at directing. The film just ends up being boring, and uninteresting. This had the potential of being a great flick, but due to a poor script, it never really takes off. Nowadays with Reality TV boom, it might have worked, and actually, it would have been a better film, today because there so many stupid Reality TV shows to mock and to take inspiration from. The film has minor laughs, but unfortunately it only shows its wasted potential here, and I think it's a shame. This film could have been a great parody of Reality TV.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

When you read the overview of "EdTV," you might think that it's similar to "The Truman Show." But it's not, in my opinion, it's better. The difference is that in "EdTV," Matthew McConaughey volunteers to have his life broadcast on television 24 hours a day for the next month. After Ed gets with his brother's ex-girlfriend and the cameras get in the way of his life, he must find a way to get out of the camera's view. But that will be a lot easier said than done.
Unlike you might expect it to be, "EdTV" is hilarious and it will keep you interested during the whole movie. The funniest part of the movie is when you find out how Ed will get his life off the television screen for good.

If you like good comedy movies that have a great storyline, I recommend getting "EdTV" today. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. This is like a Truman Show ripoff (or was it vice versa?), but I don't care, I like this one better.

stormyweather980
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

½

I guess this movie is OK. I can't imagine anybody suggesting that watching one person's life would make good TV, but of course, the movie presents us with the highpoints of Ed's life - his relationship with his girlfriend and family.

Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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