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EDtv

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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.