A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.



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A comedy about a video store clerk Ed whose life is thrown into chaos when he agrees to let an executive of a television studio film him for 24 hours. Written by Jordan Chamerski

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations, partial nudity and crude language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ed TV  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,311,290 (USA) (26 March 1999)


$22,362,500 (USA) (28 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


The band appearing in the bar where Ed and Sherry are out is Stroke 9, a band from San Francisco. However, only Luke Esterkyn, the lead singer is credited. See more »


When Ed and his family are discussing whether or not to do the show, the cap on the 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew appears and disappears between shots. See more »


[talking about Ed's dad]
Ed: He cheated on you?
Ed's mother: Well, he had medical problems, he said the woman he was with was a nurse.
Ed: And you believed him!
Ed's mother: Well, she had white shoes.
Ed: So does Grandma! So does Sahquille O-Neil!
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Remake of King of the Airways (1994) See more »


Turnin' Pages
Written by Taylor Rhodes and Peter Wolf
Performed by Peter Wolf
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with Universal Film & TV Music
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Exposes The Vulgarity Of Reality Shows,And The Public That Loves Them
30 May 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I never liked reality shows,and when this movie was shown on cable I decided to watch it and found it really interesting.Matthew McConaughey plays video store clerk Ed Pekurny who lives with his parents and his big brother Ray Pekurny,played by Woody Harrelson.He is hired by a TV company that wants to do a 24-hour reality show based on his life,and Ed grabs the offer.In the beginning,the public tells Ed that his show 'stinks',but as they see him getting involved with his elder brother's girlfriend,the ratings go above the roof.What's more,when Ed makes out live with the bombshell to end all bombshells,that is Elizabeth Hurley,the interest verges on voyeurism.The icing in the cake comes when Ed's father suddenly turns up from nowhere,having abandoned him and his brother years ago.The film is a well-made documentation of the vulgarity of the public that makes up the television audience not only in America,but the whole world.Sex and scandal will always be the top-sellers,whether it is an ordinary man's tale or that of a celebrity.In fact,it is Ed's scandalous life that makes him America's Number One celebrity.McConaughey plays his role with ease,and so does Harrelson.Ellen Degeneres is good as the unscrupulous TV producer,while Elizabeth Hurley's brief appearance leaves the audience gasping for more.Quite entertaining and very candidly made.

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