#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In a Hail Mary move for corporate preservation, the San Francisco based Northwest Broadcasting Corporation launches True TV, a new network which will broadcast the life of an Average Joe or Jane, 24/7 live and thus unedited, the subject chosen signed initially for one month. The project is conceived and led by one of the producers, Cynthia, but her boss, NWBC president Whitaker, will take the credit if it succeeds, and let her sink as the captain of the ship if it fails. The network is rebranded EdTV when Cynthia believes she’s found her subject, Ed Pekurny, a native Texas hayseed, who fits the two main criteria that she is looking for in the person: he is easy on the eyes, and he has what seems to be a potential trainwreck of a life in that he he is thirty-one years old, spends most of his time hanging out at the bar, and has no ambition beyond his longtime dead end job as a clerk in a video store. Ed did not actively campaign for the job – his blowhard of a brother Ray was the one who played to the cameras when Cynthia’s team was looking for subjects – but ultimately decided to do it after discussing it with those close to him, namely his immediately family of his mother, stepfather, and two siblings. After a slow start and despite some people associated with Ed hamming it up to the cameras in wanting their fifteen minutes of fame or more, Ed becomes enough of a toast to the TV watching public for the network to become a success. However, having the cameras rolling during certain times may not be the most advantageous for those directly involved, especially as someone from Ed’s distant past reenters his life, and an issue with regard to Ray’s relationship with his current girlfriend, a UPS delivery person named Shari who if Ed was being honest would admit that he is attracted to himself. Other issues that eventually do emerge is Ed and those around him using the cameras as a convenient excuse for things that happen, and as Whitaker, against Cynthia’s wants as the moves being totally self-serving, begins to manipulate Ed to make EdTV more salacious TV viewing.
Plot: Video store clerk Ed agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a tv network.
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Very entertaining, a real gem of a funny movie.
I first want to say, all those comparing EDtv to “Truman” just miss the point completely. They are as different in approach and intent as are “The Rock” and “The Birdman of Alcatraz” which both happen to be set in the same prison.
“EDtv” is meant to be a comedy with a lot of subtle and not so subtle references to the intrusive nature of the media. The characters are very engaging and well-acted. I laughed all the way through this movie. That’s all I think it was supposed to be.
It isn’t quite as good as “As Good As It Gets” or “Analyze This”, but I still give it 8 of 10!!
As dated as a Y2K disaster flick but still entertaining
“EdTV” is Hollywood’s remake of the 1994 French-Canadian hit “Louis 19: le roi des ondes”. I’m not going to compare the two films. The only reason I mentioned it is to set the record straight that “EdTV” (1999) is NOT a ripoff of “The Truman Show” (1998) since the screenplay was bought years earlier.
“EdTV” is a somewhat Orwellian comedy/drama about an everyman named “Ed” who falls victim to society’s hi-tech voyeurism. Ed becomes the pawn of a bunch of network suits who broadcast (and do their best to ruin) his entire life to the thrill of millions of viewers. I think it would’ve worked better as a no-holds-barred satire (like the movies “LIVE”, “ROBOCOP”, “AMERICAN DREAMZ” or the masterpiece “BRAZIL”, but director Ron Howard opts to take the kinder, gentler approach which ends up watering down the message & its impact on us.
Not only that, but today the story isn’t as edgy as it might have been back in the 90s when reality TV was just budding, and we didn’t know where it would lead. Today’s audiences might think “what’s the big deal?” and to be honest I found myself thinking that a few times during the picture. But I do remember the 90s and the whole reality-TV phobia which fueled such stories as this, and that’s what made it an entertaining film for me. If you remember the 90s and your first reactions to the new phenomenon called reality TV, you might enjoy it too.
At times the film teases us with challenging philosophies, in particular there’s the intriguing line: “Ed is the apotheosis of a prevailing American syndrome. It used to be that people were famous for being special. Now they’re considered special merely for being famous. Fame has become a moral good in this country: It’s its own virtue” Unfortunately, the film never follows up on such thoughts and instead runs back to predictable drama, such as the girlfriend who can’t deal with cameras invading her life, or the cliché about Ed being hounded by brainless fans all the time. These plot devices undermine the power of a film like this, reducing the film to passing entertainment instead of something more thought-provoking.
The whole film struck me as being a very “Ron Howard” production, which means a shiny, polished presentation and a predictable Disney-like story with no real surprises or tension. It dazzles us with a great star-studded cast and a lot of gloss (the budget was an estimated $60 million… five times as much as 1999’s Academy Award winner “American Beauty”).
But I was much more impressed with the relatively obscure films “LIVE” (a satire about a reality show where the contestants play Russian roulette), “CASI DIVAS” (a great Mexican comedy/satire about a nationwide search for new talent), and an unknown comedy gem called “SPECIAL” about an ordinary chump who takes an experimental drug and becomes… uh… special. These 3 films deliver entertainment but more importantly they carry a lot of weight behind what they’re telling us. “EdTV” had a few noteworthy scenes, such as the funeral confrontation between the two brothers, but these scenes were deleted from the final release and can only be seen on the DVD extras. The result is a somewhat breezy and entertaining but unimportant film.
“EdTV” is worth the price of admission, and it kept me entertained from start to finish. But if you want a little more substance to feed your brain, try to check out the other films I mentioned above.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 2 min (122 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Ron Howard
Writer Émile Gaudreault (screenplay “Louis 19, le roi des ondes”), Sylvie Bouchard (screenplay “Louis 19, le roi des ondes”), Lowell Ganz (screenplay), Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)
Actors Geoffrey Blake, Gail Boggs, Jenna Byrne, Merrin Dungey
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company Universal Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,453 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Eastman EXR 100T 5248, Vision 500T 5279, EXR 200T 5293)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Eastman)