The Truman Show

The Truman Show

The Truman Show offers several paths to seeing how Buddhist ideas can be represented in a film. In The Truman Show, Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, an abnormally normal guy in a normal town with a normal wife and a quintessential best friend who stops by from time to time with six-pack in hand. What is not so normal though is that Truman’s entire world from the rain, to the sunset and even the death of his father is a staged event performed by elaborate special effects and a troupe of actors on the world’s largest soundstage. Beyond being a wonderfully made and very entertaining film, this depiction of the reality show extraordinaire, is a wonderful Dharma Flick in the way that it asks the question, “What do you do when you realize every moment, every thought and every experience is based on a misperception?” If you are like Truman Burbank, you undertake a great journey on the path to freedom.