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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Matthew McConaughey
Woody Harrelson
Jenna Elfman
Ellen DeGeneres
Directors
Ron Howard
Screenwriters
Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel
Running Time
123 minutes

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Unassuming nobody becomes reality TV star, with disastrous effects on his love life


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Plot
McConaughey's Ed Pekurny is an average Joe who becomes the star of a 24/7, real-life soap. Right from waking on Day One with a rather untimely, televised "morning chubbie", to exchanging longing glances with his brother (Harrelson)'s girlfriend, Shari (Elfman), it's clear that life in Pekurny homestead will ne'er be smooth as long as telly's in town.


Verdict
Even if it does start somewhat in the wrong gear (seemingly unsure of its intended tone), some blistering one-liners, magnetic chemistry and Howard's typically deft touches soon elevate it to not far off the sublime.


Reviewed by Darren Bignell

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