Truman Show, The
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -1/2

Although Jim Carrey plays the lead role in this rather peculiar story, the film is not a comedy . But with Carrey in it, it has to be light hearted and amusing. He plays Truman Burbank, a cheerful insurance salesman who has always lived in Harbor Island, a small town surrounded by water. Even though Truman is in his 30's and married to a loving wife (Laura Linney), he has never left town. And that's because a famous TV producer (Ed Harris) doesn't want him to leave. It seems that the TV producer has been secretly filming and televising Truman's life ever since he was very young. And the participating mercenary townspeople do their part to keep him in town. The audience isn't let in on this secret until well into the film and the question remains whether Truman will ever discover what's going on and make a break for freedom. It's a unique plot device and many industry insiders think that audiences will be intrigued and amused by it. Their forecast may turn out to be too optimistic.

Being rated PG, this unusual story has relatively few offensive elements. In fact, some limited foul language is about all that mars the film. The language includes several mild and moderate crudities, two s-words and four regular profanities. Truman likes just about everyone and gets along well with his wife. There really aren't any sleazy characters in the film, although the egomaniacal director has secretly deceived and manipulated Truman all of his life. And most of the townspeople are partners in his scheme. In the end, though, justice wins out. This is another example of Hollywood making a fairly decent film, but adding just enough rough language to be offensive.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Paramount Communications, Inc (Viacom), 1515 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

Crude Language: Many (9) Times - Mild 6, Moderate 3
Obscene Language: Twice - (S words)
Profanity: Regular 4 (J 2, GD 1, God's Sake 1)
Violence: Few Times - Moderate( Man knocks over people rushing through crowd; storm knocks man out of boat into sea)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Rear nudity - Once (Rear view of nude boy on beach)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Man and wife have loving relationship; cheerful man treats those around him kindly; unscrupulous director deceives and manipulates man)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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