Cinema: Don't Laugh

Good night, sweet pet detective. Jim Carrey is proving he's not just another funny face

By the standards of today's Hollywood, The Truman Show is unusual in that it has many levels of meaning. In one sense it is an allegory about the ways in which a performer can be imprisoned by the demands, even love, of an audience. If you are a movie comedian who is graduating to more substantial roles but is still most famous for having made teenage boys laugh by pretending to talk with your buttocks, this is an allegory to which you can surely relate. "To me, it's the saddest thing in the world to see a comedian at 60 doing...

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