January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Imagine a film about the rise (and fall) of MTV doofus Jesse Camp and you’ll get a feel for this modern fable. Matthew McConaughey, in Dazed and Confused mode, stars as a hapless video clerk whose life is made into a TV show. Though less sinister than The Truman Show, EDtv (out March 26) struck a chord with its cast. ”Matthew, Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Hurley…all have had a taste of being the center of attention,” says director Ron Howard. ”People think that if you get fame, your problems go away. You just get a whole new set of problems.”

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