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EdTV (1999)

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64

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 16

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.

50

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 60,672

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Movie Info

The turning point in the life of Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) comes thanks to the misfortunes of the NorthWest Broadcasting Company. After two years on the air, their flagship cable channel, True TV, has slid into obscurity due to competition from the The Gardening Channel. Program director Cynthia Topping (Ellen DeGeneres) brainstorms a last ditch effort to save the channel: broadcast one ordinary person's life 24 hours a day, unedited (while he sleeps, the day's highlights will be shown).

PG-13,

Comedy

Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel

Aug 17, 1999

Universal Studios

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (16) | DVD (12)

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

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Diverting but ultimately toothless and innocuous.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Matthew McConaughey...leverages his immense charm to keep this broad comedy--highly reminiscent of the far superior Truman Show--airborne.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's a slightly lackluster comedy that wants to have something to say, but never gets around to saying it. Or worse, says it, and the audience replies, 'And--?'

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Its screenplay veers in highly questionable directions before reaching a mean-spirited climax that outweighs Ron Howard's workmanlike filmmaking and the contributions of a star-powered cast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The best part of the film is the bright and accessible script, [and] with Ron Howard as the director, you can be sure that you'll leave with a satisfied smile on your face.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A fresh, insightful, and often times hilarious film about the follies of instant celebrity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

An amiable goof of a comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A respectable, intelligent film, but one, to be sure, that prospers more while in the individual moments, rather than one that remains deeply ingrained in your long-term memory.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Though thunder lost to "The Truman Show", this screenplay still has real and punchy dialogue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

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.
June 29, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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.
August 15, 2009
stormyweather980

Super Reviewer

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.
February 28, 2009
Redlats

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September 15, 2008
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