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4.3 out of 5 stars (19) IMDb 6.1/10
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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:
Jenna Elfman, Ellen DeGeneres
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Jenna Elfman, Ellen DeGeneres, Sally Kirkland, Matthew McConaughey, Sally Kirklan, Woody Harrelson, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Clint Howard
Director Ron Howard
Genres Comedy
Studio 4 FRONT VIDEO
Rental release 24 March 2003
Main languages English
Dubbing German
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, German, Danish, English, Portuguese, Polish, French, Norwegian, Czech

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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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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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When EdTV came out a decade ago, I didn't go see it. I had seen The Truman Show nine months before, loved it, and figured that EdTV couldn't compare. But I was always curious about it, so I watched it on TV recently. While the other is better, this movie is good in its own right.

The TruTV Network (and hasn't some cable company renamed themselves that in the last few years?) has been hurting in the ratings. So executive Cynthia Topping (Ellen DeGeneres) has come up with a fresh new idea. They will film one person all day every day and let his life unfold on TV.

The lucky victim, I mean subject, is Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey). His brother Ray (Woody Harrelson) is actually the most excited about the prospect, or really the money behind it. But Ed begins to realize just how hard his new lack of privacy is, especially when he tries to start a relationship with Shari (Jenna Elfman). As things in his family get more complicated, Ed begins to wish for a way out. Can he find one?

This movie is a comedy, and it succeeds most of the time. I found quite a few scenes funny, especially the reactions of people Ed would meet while living his life. The talk shows and Jay Leno bits were pretty good as well. Some of the comedy fell flat because it fell into the awkward humor area that makes me cringe instead of laugh.

The movie sets out to be a satire, shining a light on our celebrity obsessed culture. While it isn't as deep as some people claim it to be (The Truman Show is better), there are some moments that really do make you stop and think. For me, it was the polls newspapers were taking about Ed's love life.
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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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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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