Ed TV
PG-13
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -2

To boost its non-existent ratings, True TV network decides to try following a real person around all the time with a camera crew. During auditions, they discover Ed Pekuny (Matthew McConaughey), a video store clerk. His brother Ray (Woody Harrelson) sees it as a chance to get money for some of his dreams. But when Ray's girlfriend Sherry (Jenna Elfman) falls for Ed, the ratings begin to climb. But with the TV cameras, Ed finds he has no privacy for any relationship. Ed finds that being a celebrity means finding out secrets about your family and sharing them with the world, whether you want to or not. And greedy TV executives have him trapped in a contract that may be unbreakable. ED TV has funny moments but like Ed, you wish the TV cameras would go away. But the likeable characters and the familiar actors will bring in the younger adult crowds.

As one character puts it, "TV has reached an all time low." In some cases, so has this film. The main message of the film seems to be that we've become a voyeuristic society. We want to see the private parts of other people's lives. And we make celebrities out of people not because of what they've done, but because of where they are. Along the way, we see Ed scratch his crotch, drink beer, argue with his brother and attempt sex with a model. Rear female nudity is shown in one scene of a woman in thong underwear and breast nudity is flashed one time as Ed and Sherry are discovered "making out" in a car. There's also a disgusting scene with close-ups of Ed clipping his toenails. Foul language is used throughout with the s-word 9 times, 11 other obscenities, 20 moderate crudities and God's name used in vain 13 times. Finger gestures are used several times as well. A homosexual couple is shown watching Ed TV and hugs when he wins Sherry back. Ed makes for poor TV and a poor role model.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: Many times - mild 19, moderate 20
Obscene Language: Many times - s-word 9, other 11 ( one term shown on book title), finger gesture 5,
Profanity: Many times - regular 10 (GD 6, C 1, JC 1, Csake 1, Jeez 4), exclamatory 8 (OMG 7 OG 1)
Violence: Few times Moderate (Ed mobbed by fans, rough treatment, man falls off of table)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied (by conversation, sex prelude interrupted, couple in bed)
Nudity: Once (brief breast nudity); Near Nudity: Once (woman in thong underwear)
Homosexual Conduct: Two homosexual men hug each other
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times (references to dog sniffing crotch, man scratches crotch, woman calls man a bad lay, jokes about family's affairs, man dies during adulterous sex, references to man unable to have sex, model offers her body to man, sensuous kissing, woman removes man's shirt, man grabs woman's rear, injured cat becomes sexual joke, graphic description of genital implant
Drug Abuse: Several times (beer/wine drinking in bar, cigarettes, alcoholic drinks)
Other: Man expresses appreciation to step-father, man learns without privacy there is no dignity
Running Time: 120 min
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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