What is the Truman Show about.
baby at birth is adopted by a corporation. (US)
(legal notice in the paper your parents never claim you they even think its a good thing, so you become abandoned)
by the laws of salvage (or salvation, religious guys always offer salvation) US inc. salvages the property (baby) the adopts you to your parents
you become ward of the state by the birth certificate, the state can take any child without charges because your parents only have "custody" not ownership
custody is holding someones property until maturity (or deal is broken)
but they cant take children who dont have a birth certificate without first a trial and second a conviction
everyone around you is lying to you (in the movie they all know the secret but in our world theyre just stupid) and believe what they are told instead of what they read, no one reads the law but everyone claims to know what it says.
very few people even want to get out, but you see what happens even thinking about getting out met with much resistance, in the movie they almost kill him and he just keeps trying anyway,
right at the end they concede and tell you it was all voluntary to begin with and you were free to leave anytime once you were 18 and able to handle your own legal affairs, they only wanted to be sure once you were out you would be strong enough to stay out.