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Adam Rifkin’s “Shooting the Warwicks,” adapted from Rifkin’s Showtime series “Reality Show,” looks to be taking some cues from Peter Weir’s classic “The Truman Show,” preying on unsuspecting characters to point out the horror of reality TV. The movie follows a showrunner (played by Rifkin) who bugs the unknowing Warwick family’s home for reality show purposes, messing with their lives to drive up viewership and ratings. In this exclusive clip, an actress is seen purposefully flirting with Mr. Warwick (Scott Anderson) so he can cheat on his wife, all for the sake of pleasing the Network.
The official synopsis reads: “In the vein of ‘Nightcrawler’ meets Reality TV, ‘Shooting the Warwicks’ is a dark comedic satire chronicling just how far reality television will go in order to deliver ratings. Reality Super Producer Mickey Wagner (Rifkin) has created a new reality show called ‘Meet the Warwicks’ in which an unsuspecting family is picked at random and put under 24 hour surveillance without their knowledge. There’s only one problem, the family is boring. Under pressure from the network to deliver something spectacular, Mickey decides to inject a little producer-created conflict to spark a fire.”
“Shooting the Warwicks” opens on August 7. Check out the insane clip above.