Ed TV

Directed By: Ron Howard Starring: Matthew McConaughey

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It's the unforgettable story of a nobody, that everybody's watching. The hilarious story of a total unknown turned celebrity, who falls head-over-heels for his brother's girlfriend shari only to discover that their most intimate private moments have just become public entertainment.

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40114889
UPC 025192064425
UPC 14 00025192064425
Format DVD
Release Date 6/1/2004
Rating Rating
Keywords
America
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A normal video store clerk, Ed (McConaughey), doesn't realize what he's getting himself into when he allows a television executive (DeGeneres) to begin filming his life 24 hours a day. The resulting media circus makes for an entertaining social commentary about how important (and, perhaps, detrimental) an issue television has become in our lives.
Reviews
Sight and Sound ...?Well-timed comic performances....An insider's spoof on small-screen shenanigans and a fuller examination of what role television plays in viewers' lives..." 12/??/1999 p.44
Entertainment Weekly "...Softhearted media satire....A pleasantly diverting look at an engaging dullard..." -- Rating: B 08/20/1999 p.132
New York Times "...A funny ensemble cast clearly savors the absurdity of what unfolds here in an affectionate, rambling comedy..." 03/26/1999 p.E1
Premiere "...It's zippy, involving, and frequently quite funny. Howard is remarkably deft at deploying his big, vivid cast....[Elfman] imbues her role with oodles of spirit and grit..." 04/01/1999 p.30
USA Today "...Funnier -- and bawdier -- than TRUMAN's sterile and sexless universe..." 03/26/1999 p.9E
Total Film "...A more realistic sense of fly-on-the-wall telly gone too far..." 08/01/2000 p.108
Directors
Ron Howard
Actors
Matthew McConaughey
Cast & Crew
Dennis Hopper - Actor
Elizabeth Hurley - Actor
Ellen DeGeneres - Actor
Jenna Elfman - Actor
Martin Landau - Actor
Mathew McConaughey - Actor
Rob Reiner - Actor
Sally Kirkland - Actor
Woody Harrelson - Actor
Ron Howard - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 20644
UPC 00025192064425
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource New York Times
Review In his good-humored, deceptively easygoing satire EdTV, Ron Howard holds up a fun-house mirror to a world ruled by voyeurism and specious fame. It's a world where a simple "He's cute!" can lead to overnight stardom and where a book can be written by someone who has never read one. It's a world where tabloids and television truly snoop to conquer, and where the distinction between nobody's business and everybody's business is unclear. And it's all too well-trod territory. Howard can't really say much about it that's new. But what he can do, and does here so amusingly and fondly, is bring the effects of such cultural topsy-turviness right home, not just to this film's hilariously embattled characters but to the viewer as well. In a film that begins almost nonchalantly, Howard soon lures his audience into a morass of peeping-Tom opportunism and advertising hustle that's an awful lot like what you can see on the evening news. And because it would be easy to savage this state of affairs, EdTV does something more interesting: it makes palpable the way viewers are compromised by what they see. Whether within the film or merely while watching it, audiences are turned into becoming part of the process that transforms a good-looking nobody like Ed Pekurny (Matthew McConaughey) into our latest disposable toy. Having been sliced and diced by this same process in his own life, McConaughey understandably plays Ed with a vengeance, and with slyly raffish style. It also helps that most of the principals (in a cast including Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Hurley, Rob Reiner and Woody Harrelson) and the director himself have been here and done this in some fashion. A funny ensemble cast clearly savors the absurdity of what unfolds here in an affectionate, rambling comedy whose ideas about deranged media needn't really brook comparison with The Truman Show. EdTV doesn't aspire to such a cool, conceptual overview. With down-to-earth comic instincts, it simply invests its story with a loud ring of truth.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 0
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced
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New York Post Hilarious! Great fun!
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