From his dead-end job to dealing with his deadbeat brother (Woody Harrelson), the things that comprise Ed's (Matthew McConaughey) life don't amount to much. But when a television executive puts Ed in front of the camera 24 hours a day, his now-public existence gets much more interesting. Director Ron Howard explores Ed's newfound fame -- and the discontentment that grows among his family and friends. Jenna Elfman co-stars.
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- Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Ellen DeGeneres, Elizabeth Hurley, Sally Kirkland, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Dennis Hopper, Adam Goldberg, Geoffrey Blake, Ian Gomez, RuPaul, Rusty Schwimmer, Gedde Watanabe, Sam Rubin, Michael Moore, Harry Shearer, George Plimpton, Bill Maher, Jay Leno
- Ron Howard
PG-13Ex-related situations, partial nudity and crude language
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; parental lock.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that 1999's EDtv is a comic satire of reality TV before the genre exploded over the airwaves. Anticipating a time when television stars were made because they confronted neighbors, hoarded garbage, or intimidated underlings, the movie sends up the kind of celebrity that emerges simply because a shared audience can't turn away. The only thing that sets hero Ed Pekurny and his dysfunctional family apart from later TV pseudo-stars is that he's up close and personal on the screen EVERY DAY, ALL THE TIME. Sexual behavior -- smooching, leering, partial nudity, foreplay, language, adultery -- plays a central part in the story, and profanity and insults ("pissed off," "asshole," "s--t," "p---y," "goddamn," "bastard") are frequent. Because rampant commercialism and advertising are key targets of the filmmakers, products and brands are on-screen throughout the movie, almost continuously. A character dies off camera. Some scenes show drinking and smoking; pills are referred to; one player gets intoxicated.
- Sexual Content
- Sexual innuendo, leering, kissing throughout. References to: erections, masturbation infidelity, penile implants, dying from a heart attack while engaged in sexual activity. A partially nude woman is seen from behind wearing thong underwear; a couple starts to undress during foreplay (bare shoulders seen); a man and a woman are shown in the throes of passion and foreplay until the man falls to the floor. Story elements include cheating on a partner or spouse, lying about sexual encounters, dealing with prolonged celibacy, and the nature of privacy during sexual activity.
- Two brothers scuffle briefly. A character is pushed to the floor by a nightclub crowd.
- Frequent coarse language, swearing, insults, and sexual dialogue: "hell," "s--t," "asshole," "pissed off," "horse's ass," "goddamn," "bastard," "sniffing my balls," "he's a bad lay," "p---y," "bed wetter," "men suck," "schmuck," and "putz." A female producer gives her coworkers the finger. A prominent book title is My Brother Pissed on Me.
- Social Behavior
- Shines a light on commercialism, false celebrity, diminishing privacy and dignity, and mob mentality. Asks the compelling question: Are people famous for being special or special for being famous?
- In keeping with the film's satiric premise of commercialization and exploitation by media and other corporations, identifiable products and retail establishments (some real, some fictional) are visible and featured almost nonstop throughout the film. Among them: Pepsi-Cola, Miller Lite, KFC, UPS, Camry, Bud Light, Ghirardelli, USA Today, Kellogg's, Hummer, Saturn, People magazine, Motorola, and numerous San Francisco-based businesses (Gino & Carlo, Sodini's, Desmond Hotel).
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The hero wears beer on a cord around his neck. Scenes in bars and a pool hall show characters drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages. Drinks are served in social situations. The leading lady is intoxicated in one scene. One man smokes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it