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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:
DVD

EDtv

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 13 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
This is a charming intelligent humorous satire about the media, specifically live television shows. It confirms our belief in their cynical manipulative natures and the dangers to ordinary people when allowing themselves to be exploited by such shows. Thankfully, it also shows our own hypocritical prurience in watching such programmes.

Matthew McConaughey is superb as Ed Pekurny, the amiable video store clerk who agrees to let himself be filmed 24/7 for a failing TV cable channel in San Francisco. Although seemingly living a nondescript life (we see him clipping his toe nails) the viewer numbers rapidly increase when Ed becomes romantically involved with his brother’s girlfriend. The number of viewers increase even more when skeletons begin to fall out of family closets. There are some notable appearances throughout the film and Rob Reiner and Ellen DeGeneres are convincing as loathsome media-types. It was also interesting to see Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey play brothers 15 years prior to their great performances as police partners in the magnificent True Detective television series. This is definitely a film to watch, probably more than once.
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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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8 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss K J McKenzie on 14 April 2005
Format: DVD
This is a great film that made me laugh out loud in quite a few places, and is definately worth watching, the underlying theme is romance, but it doesn't overpower the movie - it won't make you want to stick your fingers down your throat!
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You can't go wrong with a film directed by Ron Howard.He always makes intelligent and highly watchable films and EDtv is no exception.
The writers of this film raised it above the voyeuristic,shallow status of a big brother type programme, and gave us rounded and likeable characters who seemed to belong in the real world even when the cameras were present.Humorous,moving,surprising,and educational, the viewer learns a lot about people in this film.You should watch this film because it is for its two hours duration thoroughly entertaining.
The bonus features include a 40 minute section of deleted scenes and long interviews with ron howard and the writers and actors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gross@tesco.net on 6 Sept. 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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