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At Theaters: 6/5/1998 On Video: 1/12/1999
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 44 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 069801
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Every second of every day, from the moment he was born, for the last thirty years, Truman Burbank has been the unwitting star of the longest running, most popular documentary-soap opera in history. The picture-perfect town of Seahaven that he calls home is actually a gigantic soundstage.

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Comedy - Jim Carrey's first "straight" role is actually a fascinating look at the power of the media. It's almost like a cross between a "Twilight Zone" episode and a social commentary about the all-present influence of television. The film is probably suitable for young children, although they probably won't enjoy it much since the story is designed for mature audiences.
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Jim Carrey (Liar, Liar)
Laura Linney (Primal Fear)
Noah Emmerich (Copland)
Natascha McElhone (The Devil's Own)
Director: Peter Weir (Dead Poet's Society)
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PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few scenes take place in a bar.
ACTION: A few action-oriented scenes.
COMEDY: Some occasional humor, but this is a drama.
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For those who bemoan Hollywood's consistent lack of originality, The Truman Show is a welcome surprise. Over the years, there have been many satires about the power of television, but none has taken this route. Director Peter Weir, whose past credits include Witness, Dead Poets Society, and Fearless, has wed this cautionary tale about media strength with a surprisingly affecting (if somewhat uneven) drama about one man's search for the meaning of life. The only thing I wonder is whether something this quirky will be able to find a large enough audience to justify the budget. As an intriguing, well-written piece of entertainment and a mild social commentary, The Truman Show deserves high marks. Not everything in the film works, and the script isn't perhaps as deep or incisive as it would like us to believe, but there's enough here to mark The Truman Show as a worthwhile motion picture -- an appealing, offbeat, one-hundred minute diversion for those who really are tired of monsters tearing down buildings and action heroes saving the world.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 148 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
High
75%%
13-19Teens (M)
18
High
96%%
13-19Teens (F)
25
High
92%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
High
83%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
Fairly High
76%%
30+Adults (M)
28
Fairly High
96%%
30+Adults (F)
34
Fairly High
85%%
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Truman Burbank has the feeling that he's being watched.

He doesn't know how right he is.

Every second of every day, from the moment he was born, for the last thirty years, Truman Burbank has been the unwitting star of the longest running, most popular documentary-soap opera in history. The picture-perfect town of Seahaven that he calls home is actually a gigantic soundstage. Truman's friends and family - everyone he meets, in fact - are actors. He lives every moment under the unblinking gaze of thousands of hidden TV cameras.

Welcome to "The Truman Show." The whole world is watching.

Truman's unsettling, darkly funny world is a kind of waking nightmare unlike anything ever previously created on film. This perverse mirror of millennium America speaks directly to our innermost fears and frustrations. Truman is not only preyed upon by a network of human and electronic spies, he is literally trapped in his own life, held down and penned in by the surreal existence in which he has been forced to spend every one of his thirty years.

Realizing that he is caught like a butterfly in a jar, Truman determines that his single aim must now be to escape Seahaven no matter what the cost. But he has not yet reckoned with the power of Christof (Ed Harris), who conceived the show and has produced, directed and supervised it throughout its entire run. Nor has he faced up to his greatest fears, which may be even more effective than the God-like Christof in keeping him a prisoner in Seahaven.

Blackly comic, yet exhilarating and ultimately inspiring, Truman's story reflects the hopes and anxieties that grip us all as the century lurches toward its close.

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