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2003, Comedy/Drama, 1h 17m

7 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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In this fictional reality TV satire, the show's contestants are entirely unaware that they're participating in a televised game show. Production staff sneak into the homes of ordinary people so the smarmy, pseudo-intellectual host (Don McKellar) can muse on their shortcomings, with a cash prize going to the one judged the most pathetic. Current contestants include alienated teen Terry (Nadia Litz), lonely agoraphobe Peter (Mike Beaver) and middle-aged single mother Bonnie (Nicole de Boer).

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  • Lefcoe's practically unwatchable film is ostensibly a critique of reality-based programming, but its muddled intent and miscalculated presentation gets at nothing.

    May 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie that attempts to mock reality TV as if the fad hadn't already disintegrated into farce -- and as if The Truman Show, EDtv, Series 7: The Contenders and others never happened.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Other than McKellar's bright cameo, the remaining players seem trapped in a mean, deadening satire.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Lefcoe gets her message across through a very strong script and terrific performances.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Lefcoe, throughout the 77 minutes, makes an excellent point as to where reality TV might be heading.

    April 17, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While not as insidious in its evisceration of TV's peeping-tom culture as My Little Eye, Lefcoe's satire still draws blood.

    April 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Lefcoe's practically unwatchable film is ostensibly a critique of reality-based programming, but its muddled intent and miscalculated presentation gets at nothing.

    May 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie that attempts to mock reality TV as if the fad hadn't already disintegrated into farce -- and as if The Truman Show, EDtv, Series 7: The Contenders and others never happened.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Other than McKellar's bright cameo, the remaining players seem trapped in a mean, deadening satire.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Lefcoe gets her message across through a very strong script and terrific performances.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Lefcoe, throughout the 77 minutes, makes an excellent point as to where reality TV might be heading.

    April 17, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While not as insidious in its evisceration of TV's peeping-tom culture as My Little Eye, Lefcoe's satire still draws blood.

    April 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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