Parents' Guide to

The Truman Show

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thought-provoking story has some mature themes.

Movie PG 1998 103 minutes
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (119):

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 kids, there is still a lot to discuss. They will be interested by the fascination that Truman's "real" story has for a worldwide 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.

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