The Truman Show

  • Review Date: January 11, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.
  • Review Date: January 11, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 103 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Some tense scenes.





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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some tense scenes that may upset younger or more sensitive kids, but overall this is a fine films for kids 8 and up, and their parents.

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What's the story?

In THE TRUMAN SHOW, Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is an insurance salesman who gradually realizes that everyone around him is part of an elaborate "show," and that every aspect of his life has been orchestrated and broadcast throughout the world. Truman's "ideal" suburban community is an elaborate set, his wife and best friend are actors. Sponsors pay for the show by having the participants praise their products. And all of it is presided over by Christof (Ed Harris), who leans into his microphone to give direction: "Cue the sun!"

Is it any good?


A thought-provoking story and outstanding performances (including a sensitive and subtle portrayal by Carrey) make this is a very worthwhile movie for families to watch together. Teenagers will relate to Truman's sense (correct in this case) that he is constantly being watched, and that the world is organized around him. While the satire may be above the heads of younger children, there is a still lot to discuss. They may enjoy the clever Free Truman! web site created by Paramount to further perpetuate the illusion.

Younger school-age children will be interested by the fascination that Truman's "real" story has for a world-wide audience with an insatiable hunger for something to watch on television, at the same time rooting for him to find a way out and wanting him to stay so they can keep watching him.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Truman figures out that something is wrong and whether it was fair for Christof to raise Truman that way. They can also talk to children about why television is so interesting, whether they would want to watch someone who did not know he was on television, and what Truman will think of the messier reality he finds when he leaves the set.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 5, 1998
DVD release date:January 26, 1999
Cast:Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Natascha McElhone
Director:Peter Weir
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements and mild language

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Kid, 10 years old August 24, 2010

great movie

very intresting everyone needs to see it
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bymongofa June 15, 2010


Fantasitic movie, Jim Carrey is great. There are some some-what scary scenes, but they turn out good
Teen, 13 years old Written byiluvzmoosyk November 21, 2008

This is AWESOME!

This is an awesome movie that touched my heart. Obviously, because Jim Carry is in it it has some hilarious scenes, but there are also some intence and sad scenes such as Truman being manipulated. This is a five star movie and I mean it when I say 'AWESOME'. Peace out i love dogs


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