Genre: Fantasy / Drama / Sci-Fi
Tagline: On The Air, Unaware
Plot Outline: An insurance salesman/adjuster (Jim Carrey) discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
Cast overview, first billed
Jim Carrey .... Truman's World: Truman Burbank
Laura Linney .... Truman's World: Meryl
Noah Emmerich .... Truman's World: Marlon
Natascha McElhone .... Truman's World: Lauren/Sylvia
Holland Taylor .... Truman's World: Truman's Mother
Brian Delate .... Truman's World: Truman's Father
Blair Slater .... Truman's World: Young Truman
Peter Krause .... Truman's World: Lawrence
Heidi Schanz .... Truman's World: Vivien
Ron Taylor .... Truman's World: Ron
Don Taylor .... Truman's World: Don
Ted Raymond .... Truman's World: Spencer
Judy Clayton .... Truman's World: Travel Agent
Fritz Dominique .... Truman's World: Truman's Neighbor
Angel Schmiedt .... Truman's World: Truman's Neighbor
MPAA: Rated PG for thematic
elements and mild language.
Runtime: USA:102 / Japan:103 / Spain:104
Color: Color (DeLuxe)
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital
Certification: USA:PG / UK:PG / Brazil:12 / Finland:K-12/9 / France:U / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:I / Mexico:A / Australia:PG / Portugal:M/12 / Spain:T / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / Netherlands:12 / Belgium:KT
The film raises some interesting points about our fascination with life as seen through the magnifying lens of tv, and the morality of real lives viewed as so much entertainment. But like most soaps the scenes from "The Truman Show" that appear within the movie are variously dull, mawkish and sentimental. At points the film has a problem deciding on whether it is going to be a straight escape-chase movie or a philosophical piece about morality and technology. The t.v. show's inherent blandess also lends little to the pace or our sense that there are characters worth caring about.
Carrey is good. This in itself is gratifying, and
a tribute to a script that walks the tightrope of imitating bad t.v. in
tandem with the metaphysical
angst of Truman's unique situation. If it isn't quite the film it could
have been, The Truman Show is still pretty much unique in the recent crop
from our cultural overlords in Hollywood. No arthouse here, this is a watchable,
big-budget think piece, with well-executed and stylish direction. Its too
early to say but this film may have given some execs at NBC, ABC et al.
one very bad idea...