Ed Tv Dvd

Written by Sarah Provost
Bookmark and Share

Ed TV shares a premise with The Truman Show: both are about men whose lives are fodder for a 24-hour reality television show. That's where the similarities end, though. The Truman Show, which had appeared less than a year before Ed TV, was an ambitious, if flawed, exploration of existential concerns. Ed TV, on the other hand, is a hugely entertaining romantic comedy.

Unlike the unaware Truman, Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) willingly signed on to do the program. After all, his life as a video clerk doesn't provide him with many options, as his blowhard brother Ray (wonderfully played by Woody Harrelson) points out. We can all see what's coming: the price of fame gets too steep, but Ed can't get out of his contract.

Things start to get complicated when Ed steals his brother's girlfriend, Shari (Jenna Elfman) and Ray writes a nasty book in revenge. Dennis Hopper shows up as their long-absent father, eager to cash in on his son's fame. And when audiences get bored with Shari, TV execs Ellen DeGeneres and Rob Reiner put the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley in Ed's path.

Strong Cast, Strong Comedy

Ron Howard directed, from a script by his frequent collaborators Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. But this movie works as well as it does, largely because of the talents of the well-chosen cast. If Matthew McConaughey weren't quite so charming, Jenna Elfman so sweet and sincere, and Woody Harrelson so hilariously bent out of shape, this would seem to be nothing more than a bit of fluff.

Bookmark and Share