After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.
During one scene, after Shari has left, Ed is in his video store and sees a woman in a wig and sunglasses outside whom he recognizes as Shari in disguise. In the background you can see a poster for the movie Vertigo (1958), which features a woman disguising herself in a similar fashion. See more »
In the theater bathroom, where Ed finds Shari, (after pursuing her from the video store) they show a reaction shot of Shari's roommate watching at home. Then Ed goes out to the production van and, again, they cut to a reaction of Shari's roommate. She is wearing a completely different outfit. See more »
Feared this would be a gritty, angry Truman Show, but was pleasantly surprised.
Even though I like most of the players, I really wasn't expecting much from this movie. I wound up surprised by its freshness, wit and thoughtfulness. I feared a poor person's Truman Show, but this film took a lot of the same themes and spun them in different directions. The film lacked Truman's sadness and humanity but made up the difference with more concise and challenging social commentary (not to mention a better supporting cast). Issues of celebrity, entertainment, the media, the information age were all handled in interesting ways. When it needed to be abrasive and shocking, Ed TV took its shots, but it usually remained in a very comfortable and entertaining middle ground. As a viewer, I felt like someone who had spent the previous 15 minutes surfing channels before finally finding a gem worth watching.
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