Surviving Eden (2004)



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A reality show contestant who lost 150 pounds and gained a cool one million dollars falls prey to the capitalistic excess of the jet set as Dummy director Greg Pritikin sets his satirical sights on the Hollywood hangers-on who linger for far too long after their 15 minutes are up. Dennis Flotchky (Michael Panes) was an overweight loser with no money and few friends when he first applied for a role on television's top reality game show. All of that quickly changes, however, when Dennis endures to outwit, outlast, and outplay his fellow contestants while simultaneously dropping the majority of his excess weight and becoming a millionaire in the process. Now a celebrity wannabe whose face fills the tabloids and whose fortune is fast being depleted, Dennis must make a quick recovery before the vultures circling overhead swoop down to pick him clean of every last penny and tear away every remaining ounce of his self-respect.
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Michael Panes
as Dennis Flotchky
Cheri Oteri
as Maria Villanova
Jane Lynch
as Maude Silver
Sam Robards
as Gary Gold
Savannah Haske
as Sister Agnes McNeil
Conchata Ferrell
as Rosemary Flotchky
John Landis
as Dr. Levine
Brian Gattas
as Brisbee
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Critic Reviews for Surviving Eden

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

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Full Review… | April 14, 2009
Top Critic

Reality TV, says one character in Greg Pritikin's Surviving Eden, makes you stupid and ill. The movie tries hard to prove it.

August 31, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Although early scenes hold out some promise that this parody of Survivor could amount to something, the movie quickly runs out of ideas.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Surviving Eden is the sort of hapless vanity project where even the outtakes at the end aren't funny.

August 25, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Writer/director Greg Pritikin has created a reality-TV satire as clueless as the self-impressed 'stars' it scorns.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The movie insists that we care deeply about its sad sack protagonist as some sort of Chaplin-esque victim of vanity and greed. But neither Pritkin's conception nor Panes' performance warrants such sympathy.

August 24, 2006
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Surviving Eden


This mockumentary misses the mark. There are some occasionally funny moments, but just not enough of them to make it work. I did enjoy Conchata Farrell and Peter Dinklage. It almost makes it.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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