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Ordinary guy Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) agrees to star in a new reality-based TV show which will follow his life twenty-four hours a day. The show isn't much of a success, until Ed begins to fall for Shari (Jenna Elfman), the girlfriend of his brother Ray (Woody Harrelson). Suddenly the ratings soar, but Ed is irked to find his life is being manipulated by an eager media and the scheming network executives.

Starring:
Sally Kirkland, Matthew McConaughey
Rental Formats:
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Sally Kirkland, Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Sally Kirklan, Elizabeth Hurley, Clint Howard, Martin Landau, Dennis Hopper, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Reiner
Director Ron Howard
Genres Comedy
Studio 4 FRONT VIDEO
Rental release 24 March 2003
Main languages English
Dubbing German
Subtitles Finnish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Danish, Czech, Dutch, French, English, Polish

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie F on 14 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
Many people unfairly compare this film with the Truman Show as both films involve showing a normal blokes life live on TV, for 24 hours a day. However, this is where the similarities end. The theme, approach and type of the two films are completely different.
In Ed TV, Ed Pekurney plays the truly likable guy who allows his life to be filmed for the country's entertainment. The humour ensues as his program becomes an instant hit. The ratings soar when Eds feelings for his brothers girlfriend emerge, and continue as many parts of his family's history - however sordid or embarassing - gradually emerge.
A funny, engaging and very re-watchable film ideal for most collections, Ed TV forms a cunning juxtaposition with it's main character. A likeable guy going out of his way to entertain his country, starring in a truly funny film that goes out of its way to entertain its viewers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gross@tesco.net on 6 Sep 2000
Format: DVD
Ed Pekurny is a normal guy who agrees to have his life broadcast on Tv 24 hours, 7 days a week. At first he is willing, but fame isn't all its cracked up to be. Matthew MacConaghey is great as Ed and the chemistry between him and Woody Harrelson (who plays his brother Ray) is dynamic. The special features seem endless as director Ron Howard explains his motives for making this movie. All in all a packed, fun and moving DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Jones on 8 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A postmodern commentary on the rise of 'reality TV' in a similar vein to "Five Minutes", Ed TV is one of few romantic comedies that are actually funny. It charts the brief TV career of Ed, a Texan video store clerk, who finds himself thrust from obscurity to nationwide fame when he becomes the star of his own TV channel, which charts his everyday life, 24/7. Naturally this has a wide range of repercussions and soon the whole escapade turns sour as his family collapses around him, their closeted skeletons tumbling out into the open. Matthew McConaughy does a good job of portraying Ed but the real starhas to be the Woody Allen-esque step-father, Al, brilliantly and humorously portrayed by Martin Landau. By contrast, Jenna Elfman's Shari - the love interest - is flat and unexciting (Liz Hurley is much more engaging as strumpet Jill). However, the cast is probably secondary to the concept. The whole film challenges the way the media - not just television - creates celebrities overnight, destroying their dignity through stealing their privacy, and subjecting them to the judgement and criticism of the masses. It is a sharp yet subtle critique of what can be seen as a disturbing trend as witnessed in the manic following of shows like Big Brother, as well as in the treatment people are subjected to by the press and showbiz paparazzi. And, especially when Ed becomes trapped in his new role as the man everyone watches endlessly on TV - and thus, the man everyone assumes they know - it starkly exhibits the cost of celebrity. This is all packaged up with an absolutely superb soul-based soundtrack which complements the action and overall quality of the production. Well worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 11 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
When looking at the A star cast you can see the talent there. With the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Hurley I knew this was a must watch.

From director Ron Howard viewers will get the chance to explore the life of middle aged singleton Ed Pekurny as he goes from being a nobody to a celebrity by volunteering himself to star in a network experiment, being filmed 24/7 live infront of millions.

The story is great because of the sheer stupidity used by the great cast. Through the likable funny characters viewers are giving different aspects of `real' life such as family, relationship and job ideologies are beautifully portrayed by the infamous stars.

Through consistent one liners and also physical humorous actions by the characters EDTV will win over many audiences as it adds chucklesome humour but drives itself on emotional driven situations to, given a perfectly balance aspect of real life.
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Format: DVD
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson work excellently on screen as Ed, the guy who is put on TV, and Ray, his energetic brother, who WANTS his life to be put on TV. You get a unique love triangle between the two brothers and Shari, the object of both of their affection. Shari is actually one of the better characters in the film, because the viewing audience soon proves to not be very fond of Shari, and Jenna Elfman makes this very believable with her nerve gratingly aggravating performance. Interviews with the public showed that people were fed up with her whole attitude about the whole EdTV spectacle, and I found myself feeling the same way. Every time she was on screen complaining I just wanted her to get lost.

It is McConaughey and Harrelson who really made the film work, with their excellent performances (but what the hell was the deal with the chicken dance?). The film also very effectively evoked some genuine emotion at several points, particularly in the scenes that dealt with Ed's and Ray's torn family life. There area also some very well known actors, particularly Dennis Hopper and Elizabeth Hurley, who show up in EdTV for some relatively small roles.
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