What should I focus on when writing a report about the movie The Truman Show?

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This film was critically acclaimed and offered Jim Carrey a challenging role to showcase his acting talents for a wider audience than those who had previously only seen him do comedy. Certainly one significant fact about this film is that it offers very astute commentary on the American obsession with celebrity culture, and did so before the current proliferation of reality TV shows. Truman is a "real" person whose life is completely exposed and transparent, and while most of his daily routine is uneventful, the dramatic content is kicked up a notch when Truman realizes he is an actor in a fictional version of his life. This discovery can be seen as a metaphorical representation of the fact that TV viewers are not themselves any different from the actors they watch, and that our tendency to "worship" actors and celebrities is inappropriate and ultimately distracts us from the events and emotions of our own lives.

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