The Truman Show

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show (1998)

Sam – One of Jim Carrey’s first “serious” roles and he did it beautifully.  This movie was pretty well done and was something that was revolutionary at the time.  The Truman Show was released right as people were becoming aware as to how much reality television was taking over our lives and ultimately showed us what was not too far off.  Showing an unsuspecting person’s life from birth to death 24/7.  The film gets across that we are definitely a self destructive civilization and makes you feel a bit uncomfortable while sitting in a movie theater or say at a conference table watching this while working.  Also released right around this time was Ed TV, a similar movie that showed an aware participant in a 24/7 reality TV show and how it affected his life and the lives of those around him.  The fact that these two were released right around the same time just shows that the realization point for those of us captivated by reality TV came right around 1996, four years after The Real World had it’s first season and two years before Survivor began.  Though we’re well aware how negative an effect reality TV has on us, its still one of the most profitable and popular forms of television out there.  Just having to not pay actors and writers and set designers is going to keep reality TV well over traditional dramas and sitcoms for the foreseeable future.  I assume a sequel to the Truman Show would be about the dangers of tweeting…

Tim – This film also stars Paul Giamatti back when he was a short, dumpy neurotic looking character actor, before he became a short, dumpy neurotic looking leading man.

Josh – N/A

Things said during movie (not-review):

“Those Snicker Ice Cream Bar commercials don’t make sense!!

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