Marc Bernardin
August 17, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

EDtv

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
03/26/99
performer
Ellen DeGeneres, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Merrin Dungey, Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Sally Kirkland, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner
director
Ron Howard
Producer
Brian Grazer
author
Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

No matter how good or bad a movie is, if it’s the second of two similar films, it’s bound to suffer in the audience’s eyes. There’s no debating that EDtv, Ron Howard’s softhearted media satire, doesn’t pack the same wallop as ”The Truman Show,” Peter Weir’s deep-thinking media satire. But seen on video, without the spectre of Jim Carrey hovering about, ”EDtv” offers a pleasantly diverting look at an engaging dullard (McConaughey) wrestling with the shackles of instant, round-the-clock fame.

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