Must See: The Truman Show

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Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: The Truman Show
Date: 1998

Vitals: Though he doesn't know it, Truman has lived his entire life inside a reality TV show. He gradually begins to realize that his friends and family are actors, and all those cheerful descriptions of household items he gets from his wife are product placements. As he struggles to escape his prime-time prison, a TV producer with a god complex struggles to keep him in the spotlight.

Famous names: Peter Weir, Jim Carey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris

Crunchy goodness: 5

Stunt casting: Jim Carey, known mostly for slapsticky comedy, turns in an amazing performance as an unwitting sitcom star who wants nothing more than to face the drama of real life.


Copycats: There have been countless flicks about being trapped in a television show, from the irritating Pleasantville to the campy Stay Tuned, but none has done what The Truman Show does: extrapolate into the future what the hellish results could be of a present-day world obsessed with reality television, where people's lives are little more than the property of entertainment corporations.

The shit: Truman Show scribe Andrew Niccol wrote and directed contemporary SF classic Gattaca, as well as the slipstream arms-dealer flick Lord of War.

Truman as Archetype

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