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ED TV (1999) ***

While it suffers from comparison to The Truman Show, ED TV is largely entertaining thanks to it's great performances. When Ed (Matthew McConaghey) is picked to have his entire life brodcast on TV (except in the bathroom), he becomes a celebrity. But when his family is slowly torn apart from the constant exposure, he then schemes to get his life back. Director Ron (Splash) Howard avoids making pointed social commentary (like Truman did) in favor of making an entertaining movie and he succeds. The romantic subplot is kinda flat but the concept of having Ed on TV offers a few amusing twists. Like when Woody Harrelson (who plays McConaghey's brother) discovers that his girlfriend Jenna (Dharma and Greg) Elfman is cheating on him (and vice versa) by watching it unfold on TV as if it were a soap opera. A scene involving Elizabeth Hurley and a squashed cat is the comedy highlight. Co-starring Sally Kirkland, Martin Landau, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Reiner, Clint Howard, Michael Moore and Dennis Hopper (who ironically was cast in The Truman Show, but left due to creative differences).
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