STARRING Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, J.T. Walsh, Don Knotts
DIRECTED BY Gary Ross
Here’s the two-second pitch: The Truman Show meets Back to the Future. In Ross’ directorial debut (he wrote Big and Dave) Maguire and Witherspoon are colorful teen siblings who find themselves trapped inside a 1958 Leave It to Beaver-esque black-and-white sitcom. Ross took the project to New Line after Castle Rock wouldn’t put up enough cash. ”This movie has more visual-effects shots than any movie in history,” Ross explains. ”It has 1,700. Titanic had around 500.” Also on board: two supporting players who were up for Academy Awards during filming (Macy for Fargo, Allen for The Crucible). ”Gary would say, ‘I know you’re Oscar nominees, but that’s not quite the line that was written,”’ says Macy. (Oct. 16)
THE LOWDOWN Good thing The Truman Show has primed audiences for high concepts.