Movie Analysis : The Truman Show

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On June 5th, 1998, The Truman Show was released to critical acclaim. Starring Jim Carrey in an uncharacteristic dramatic role, the movie blew past its budget at the box office earning over 264 million dollars (Movie Index, A-Z). Less than a year later on march 26, 1999, an identical movie with a similar plot premiered. Edtv performed poorly at the box office despite its star studded cast, making almost 50 million under budget (Movie Index, A-Z). The crew included popular dramatic actors including Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as well as actress and television host Ellen Degeneres. Both films are a mix of comedy and drama with eerily matching plots. The Truman Show is about a man unknowingly being the star of a popular TV show, where each moment of his life from birth is broadcasted to millions without his knowledge. Each scene follows the main character as he slowly unwinds and discovers the fake world that was made just for him. On the other hand, Edtv is about a man who falls into a contract allowing his every waking moment to be recorded and shown on television. The contract seems benign at first but soon erupts into familial and romantic woes. Despite the similar genres, plots, and relative level of actor talent and notoriety, The Truman Show was a success, while Edtv a failure. I will be analyzing why each respective movie either failed or succeeded based on how well each film appealed to the audience they shared. In order to to understand the type of
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