Your guide to the best free- to- air movies this week
GO!, Saturday, 9.40pm, M ( 2010) After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, clean- cut highschool girl Olive ( Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling the fallen Hester Pr ynne’s in the 19th- centur y novel The Scarlet Letter – until she decides to use the rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing. Maintaining her chastity throughout the film, Olive rakes in gifts and money for “pretending” to have sex with various nerds at school, who are also keen to improve their reputations.
The Truman Show
ELEVEN, Sunday, 8.30pm, PG ( 1998) Nothing is real in the sedentar y life of desk- bound Truman Burbank ( Jim Carrey). Unbeknown to poor Truman, his life is one big soap opera and the world is his audience. But what happens when the charade is broken? That’s the crux of Peter Weir’s haunting assessment of the decline of modern television, based on Aussie director Andrew Niccol’s savvy script. Touching, funny and perhaps clever enough to reverberate for decades to come, this durable drama features a fine cast ( including Laura Linney and Ed Harris) and the score is a gem, lifting Truman’s fair ytale awakening to majestic heights.
21 Jump Street
GO!, Monday, 9.30pm, MA15+ ( 2012) In another of Hollywood’s recycled productions, this action- comedy is nabbed from Johnny Depp’s 1980s breakthrough TV show. But unlike the rather unforgettable original, the fresh script has rising stars Jonah Hill and Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum at the helm, injecting a big dose of vibrancy and hilarious laugh- out- loud humour. Hill plays overweight and awkward Schmidt, and Tatum is Jenko, a cool, beefcake jock. Working together after joining the police force, the oddly paired duo go back to school, working undercover to investigate a drug ring.
SEVEN, Tuesday, 9.30pm, MA15+ ( 2011) Bromance king Judd Apatow tries his hand at a female- driven flick with this rib- tickler starring and co- written by Kristen Wiig. The film follows the down- and- out Annie ( Wiig) as she prepares for the wedding of her best friend Lillian ( Maya Rudolph), while developing insecurities about Lillian’s new friend, the pictureperfect Helen ( Rose Byrne).
GO!, Wednesday, 9.30pm, M ( 1987) Mel Gibson’s blue- eyed charm overcomes his hirsute horrors in an all- out blitzkrieg of action in the first of the box- office- busting cop buddy movies. As the LAPD detective par tner, Danny Glover provides the perfect foil for Gibson’s erratic, suicidal heroics and director Richard Donner counterbalances the fireworks by extracting humour and light pathos from Shane Black’s lucid script. Relive the excitement.
Nothing as it seems:
Holland Taylor, Jim Carrey and Laura Linney in The Truman Show.