"All the world's a stage..."

The Truman Show (1998)
Directed by Peter Weir, rated PG, 103 minutes

The Truman Show is a unique and inspired dramedy about an insurance salesman who finds out his entire life is being filmed for a TV show. Jim Carrey, in his first "serious" role, gives a low-key but charming performance, and Ed Harris is incredibly forceful and enigmatic as the show's director. The premise is undeniably intriguing, and while on its face its absurd, it has a strange edge of nightmarish believability, and thankfully the rest of the film is as well written and interesting as the idea. The Truman Show works as a clever satire of reality TV, but it's the wonderful, relatable characters and exhilarating, somewhat sci-fi story that make the film so memorable. You'll like it if: You like odd premises, dreamlike films, Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Stranger than Fiction or Gattaca.

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