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.