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An amiable goofy romantic and satirical comedy
on 13 December 2014
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.