|Michael A. Maynez|
The celebrated cast of “EDtv”, includes Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Sally Kirkland., Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley and Clint Howard. The prestigious directorial efforts of none other than Ron Howard. Why than does this supposedly comedy lack so much comedic value. Is it because of the last year’s brilliant movie, “The Truman Show”, which it resembles so much in premise, outside of Matthew, knowing that he is on TV all the time, where as Jim Carrey was ignorant of that fact. It seems that all the cast is working too hard at comedy particularly Ellen DeGeneres, and all of a sudden this should not be so. Unfortunately it is.
The exception is Elizabeth Hurley, who portrays a model and does it with great wit. She discovered the secret of being herself and enjoyed her comedic turn without a false step. With such superb casting they should have had a stronger story to ply their talents. The idea of having your live followed by a twenty-four hour TV crew might have looked mighty promising on the typewritten page, but after awhile the charismatic Matthew McConaughey antics start wearing thin.
Woody Harrelson, who would have like to be in his shoes, but is not chosen by the powers that be, struggles with a thankless role. Jenna Elfman, carries a heavy load in this picture, but barely survives, she should reworked her TV image. Dennis Hopper in a brief appearance is surprisingly good and his bad guy image isn’t as villainous as he has played in the past. You can’t help but wonder where a real father has gone wrong and a surrogate father, played by Martin Landau, gone right.
Ron Howard should be taken to task for giving us such light fare, however we must be forgiving he has given us so much Great fare.
Directed by --------------- Ron Howard
Produced by -------------- Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
Executive producers ------ Todd Hallowell, Michel Roy, Richard Sadler
Screenplay --------------- Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Camera ------------------ John Schwartzman
Editors ------------------- Mike Hill, Dan Hanley
Music -------------------- Randy Edelman
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 122 min