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  • Spring time in Pleasantville
    This movie was written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross, who also produced another successful movie, Seabiscuit (2003). Pleasantville is a comedy drama in which two teenagers; David Wagner (Tobey Maguire) and his twin sister Jennifer Wagner (Reese Witherspoon) physically move-back in time to 1950s into a town called the Pleasantville, which is actually a setting for a 1950s television show (shown in black and white).

    David Wagner and his sister Jennifer are two different individuals. Jennifer is concerned mainly with relationships and popularity, while David spends most of his spare time on the couch, watching television. While their mother (Jane Kaczmarek) is on vacation with her boyfriend, Jennifer and David fight for the control of TV, then a mysterious TV repairman (Don Knotts) shows up uninvited, and quizzes David on Pleasantville before giving him a strange-looking remote control which transports them back in time into Pleasantville in the Parkers' living room. They acquire the roles of two teenagers in the family of George (William H. Macy) and Betty Parker (Joan Allen) who have two children of same age; Bud and Mary Sue Parker. The setting says it all; the town is conservative, women stayed at home, took care of home and children, and men went to work. Typically teenage dating is limited to going to a movie and eating at local burger joint. Holding hands is perhaps the most romantic and sexual behavior practiced at that time. Jennifer gets bored with life and introduces her boyfriend Skip (Paul Walker) into a fast lane promoting sexual promiscuity. Soon the entire town comes to know that all teenagers of town are hanging out at Lover's Lane. The town start to change; large size beds become available in stores, colored paints show up on walls, and the women start to gossip. People in Pleasantville begin to explore hidden abilities and revel in their new freedoms. Mr. Johnson (Jeff Daniels), the owner of local burger joint, and the boss of Bud Parker begins to paint, and Betty Parker always had a "soft corner" for Johnson. She finds out about the "happenings" in town by having a conversation with her daughter Mary Sue. The conversation is intimate and personal;

    Betty Parker: Mary Sue?
    Jennifer: Yeah?
    Betty Parker What goes on up at Lover's Lane?
    Jennifer: What do you mean?
    Betty Parker: Well, you hear these things lately... kids spending so much time up there. Uh, is it holding hands? That kind of thing
    Jennifer: Yeah! That and...
    Betty Parker: What?
    Jennifer: It doesn't matter.
    Betty Parker: No, I wanna know.
    Jennifer: Well, sex.
    Betty Parker: Oh. What's sex?
    [After Mary Sue explains to Betty about sex]
    Jennifer: Are you okay?
    Betty Parker: Um, yes. It's, uh, just that your father would never do anything like that.
    Jennifer: Ahhhh.
    Betty Parker: Mmm.
    Jennifer Well, you know, Mom, there are other ways to enjoy yourself... without Dad.

    Betty Parker peruses her inner side, to be romantic and to be herself soon revolts against the daily chores and leaves her husband and start having an affair with Johnson, and his nude painting of Betty Parker posted on the wall of his diner makes the town real angry. Mayor Big Bob and the men of town are disgusted at the decay of moral values declare the "Pleasantville Code of Conduct", a list of rules preventing people from playing loud music, or using paint colors other than black, white or gray. Eventually Bud Parker makes his father and the mayor, understand that they have hidden feelings they must pursue that and live "freely." Betty and George make up and Bud goes back into the future, his original home. Some of the critical dialogues (conversations) are cleverly written. In one conversation in which George persuades Betty to change to old traditional ways, the conversation is as follows:

    Betty Parker [Betty is in color (signifies liberated woman), George is still black & white (signifies conservative)]: George, look at me. Look at my face. That meeting is not for me.
    George Parker: You'll put on some make-up.
    Betty Parker: I don't want to put on make-up.
    George Parker: It'll go away. It goes away.
    Betty Parker: [firmly] I don't want it to go away (meaning she doesn't want to change her liberated look and she wants to keep it).

    The movie ends with a shot of Betty and George reunited (sitting side by side); however, when Betty turns to look at her husband she sees Johnson, a some what bold move on the part of writers and the director. In spite if making up with her husband she expresses her true feelings for Johnson with whom she is clearly in love. This is an excellent movie; at times it gets very sensual, but tackles some old values in a gentle and sometimes clever conversation. This film is highly recommended.

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  • Even black and white needs a little color
    This is an awesome film!!! The whole concept is totally ingenious. The effects of black and white and color together on one screen is absolutely remarkable. Qualtiy is top notch, as is sound and visual effects. Acting is superb and casting is perfect. Tobey Maguire is luscious in this film and gives a shining performance as a young man from a broken home, with an unhappy life, who escapes reality engrossed in the black and white fantasy world of classic television sitcoms. A time when life was much easier, and everything was perfect without modern hardship. One day he finds himself and his sister thrown into the sitcom world of the 1950's, where he knows every line by heart and can act the part with perfection. Don Knotts, Reese Witherspoon (whom I usually don't care for), and a great cast of dozens, give outstanding performances in their roles. Not your typical movie. You'll be amazed by the special effects that mix color with black and white. A terrific fantasy film that yes is a bit silly in places, and very serious in others, but all comes together to make a great film unlike any you have ever seen before. I highly recommend "Pleasantville" to anyone who hasn't seen it. Hilarious comedy, a great look back at yesteryear with a flair. Back to the Future meets Leave it to Beaver? Well, you decide. Three thumbs up!...more info
  • With the range from comedy to tragedy, Pleasantville has everything
    An amazing film! And the viewers say:

    "I liked it! Creative!"

    "I thought it was well done, and the transition from black and white, to color, was well done. Great symbolism!"

    "Great acting! For the type of movie it was, it was quite believable."

    "Book burning, 'colorism', gender issues, and change... this film touched on many subtle parts of American society."

    The introvert and the extrovert, brother and sister, get "pulled" into a 1950s black and white TV sitcom, "Pleasantville." They also bring new ideas, and Pleasantville begins to change. Is it for the worse, or the better?

    There you have it, folks. Pleasantville was a success! ...more info
  • a very pleasent film
    from first hearing about the movie, pleasentville may sound a bit odd but if you take the time to watch, you will find it is a very good film. pleasentville tells of two 90's kids (tobey maguire in pre spiderman days and reese witherspoon before her breakout in legally blonde) who are given a remote by, don knots. they are then transported to the world of pleasentville which is like a replica of the 50's era were everything is black and white and things are 'pleasent'. now, they must deal with life in pleasentville before they can go home. the film is kind of a split movie, the first hour or so being a comedy and the second hour being a drama. this may rub people the wrong way when a film switches dynamics but in pleasentville, it works. the film also sports some great cinamatography as pleasentville slowly turns from black and white to full blown color. a really touching film that also scewers 50's cliche's be sure to check out the film that is, well, pleasent....more info
  • Free Your Mind & Live a Little
    Pleasantville is a well-made movie with a clever hook: enlightened, open-minded people are in color and close-minded tinybox people are in black & white. Of course people who shower with their clothes on think this movie is about the alleged evils of enjoying sex and masturbation. For the other 99.9% of us, the message is pretty simple and straightforward.

    The 50's weren't the 50's for the very simple reason that people aren't like that and never have been. Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best & The Andy Griffith show were...just shows. Visual escapist entertainment comfort food for the whole family. People who think 50's tv depicts some sort of kinder, gentler, family-values centered era in American life are projecting their own wishful thinking to nostagically paper over actual historical realities.

    People in real life have inner monologues. People in real life have thoughts and dreams and they question and wonder and they want to grow and mature and live interesting, fulfilled lives. Paintings are usually in color and most books have words and/or pictures in them. Curiousity will almost always win out over conformity.

    There's a big world out there and a lot of scenery in it and a lot swell, neato things to do besides flip hamburgers, make your husband dinner and rescue kitties from trees. There's nothing wrong with flipping hamburgers to pay the rent or making dinner for someone you love but only a fool thinks it's the be-all-end-all of human existence. Living in a tiny little box is not comforting to most people, it's stifling. Living in someone else's tiny little box is a miserable, wasted life.

    Prejudice is wrong, whether it's racial or ideological. Bookburning, desecrating art, and other forms of censorship and thought-control are also evil. I didn't need to see a movie to figure those out. The method is clever but the message is nothing I haven't seen before. A good flick worth a viewing or two but it mostly preaches to the choir....more info
  • Almost a perfect little film
    Most of thse reviews explain the plot pretty well...

    My only problem with it that keeps it from being perfect for me, is the Actual "show" called Pleasantville within the movie. It just isnt credible as a show that wouldve merited a marathon or that wouldve had any kind of a believable following. If you actually are familiar with TV shows from that era you see right away that this is a way over the top camped up version of an actual show. with acting so bad that you know this show wouldnt have lasted more than a season... unless it was meant to be bad on purpose and a 50s audience "got it" as a satire.

    It DOES have a" Father Knows Best " look to it. but the " Pleasantville" in the opening of this movie should have been taken more seriously in the acting. The 50s werent the beginning of "acting", these shows had professional actors and as simple and sappy as some of the plotlines might have been. the dialogue was never that bad. and if it were...like I said earlier....It wouldnt have merited a marathon or a following.

    Having vented about that...I was VERY happy with the rest of the film!...more info
  • More than a "Liberal" point of view
    A wonderful movie. One of those rare comedies that manages to transition into a thought provoking gem. Some reviewers take it to task for having a "liberal" slant, but I think that misses the mark. The characters in this film don't become "colorized" because they throw off a conservative point of view. They become colorized because they blossom into fully realized human beings. Bud makes the transition when he comes to his mother's defense, Jennifer when she passes up a night on the town in favor of a good book, and George when he admits that he loves his wife. It's not about liberal and conservative values, it's about accepting change and personal growth. It's about facing your fears and being a better person for doing so.
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  • great movie
    i Love this movie, things seem so easy back then, i love tobey maguire and joan allen, i wish they would have made a second movie showing what happened after he went home and his sister stayed behind, it would have been nice to see what it was like when david went back to check on her....more info
  • Pleasantville - One of my favorite films
    I love this film. It has a sweetness, a wistfulness, about it that is so compelling, yet explores many complex human issues, including individual rights. The writing is fabulous - so when I read that the writer of "Pleasantville" is the same man who wrote "Big", it all made clicked. This movie received so little notice that when I loan it to friends their reply is always the same: why didn't I know about this great movie?
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  • LOTS OF FUNNY GAGS THROUGHOUT THE FILM
    If you like light comedy with a silly plot, this is one to buy. If, like me, you remember the 1950s, then you will laugh-out-loud through this movie. Just seeing the set brings back fond memories. The silly gags about the safer, innocent, quieter, sheltered, family value days of yesteryear are an absolute joy. You know, like Father Knows Best, Ozzie and Harriett, and Lucy.

    Don Knotts, a TV repair man, is funny again, and brings back memories of his Mayberry run. The intentional switches from B&W to color, and back, and isolated color in B&W scenes, and the reversal is often funny in itself.

    Warning: If you are too young and can't look back on days when you looked silly compared to contemporary standards; then you may not enjoy this movie. Pleasant viewing for all to opt for "Pleasantville." And, golly gee, like cool man, the price is about equal to a rental cost. Groovy!...more info
  • A rainbow crests upon a dualistic world
    I found this to be quite a Satanic film to consider in that it focuses on a McCarthyistic / Rockwellian environment, with its residents being virtual clones in a black and white world in dualism, remaining pleasantly ignorant of anything ouside the fetters therein.

    A fan named David of a program named "Pleasantville" gets paid a visit by an unassuming, though a bit meddling TV repairman {Don Knotts} who observes his passion and extensve trivia of the show, thereby zapping him and his sister into the Letharginator turned virtual time portal, wgere they arrive in the quaint little towne complete with period clothing to match, and a remote controller whch now has the power to transport them back through the letharginatrix when desired.

    They are warned not to interfere with the goings-on, but to to only basque in the charming simplicities of the time. But little by little, gems of knowledge are released to the Pleasantvillians, to which an interesting enigma occurs - they begin to acquire COLOR - the more wordly knowledge that is accumulated, the more colorful the town and the people become; until this eventually causes a rift between the black-white civilians and the "colords".

    Knotts notices the changes from the future, admonishing that they make a hasty return, but David is determned to remain as a veritable Lucifer enlightening the polulace, along with his sister Jennifer, who decides to become quite the succubus, to the delights of the flesh of the world, of the mind and the emotions, and the fortunate young men she chooses to bestow her beauty.

    Of note, the relationship between David and the cook at the local soda shoppe, who in the beginning would not even close up shop without the help of his little waiter-friend, but who begins nurturing his talent for art, as Davis presents him with a vertiable "forbidden book", which sparks an inferno of motivation; so much so, that he begins persuing his bliss agressively, making up for all that lost time when he was only allowed to draw one different painting per holiday season on the front window of the shop. And now, the place becomes strewn with paintings, although most of them are portrits of David's mother, whom he has been infatuated with for a long time - and there is a very interesting story behind that as well. She too has acquired color, by both persuing her reciprocal infatuation with the artist, and finally experiencing an ORGASM - it seems as if the residents were not even aware of coitus much less masturbation - they didn't even defecate!

    The ignorant populace subsequently become rousted when a new mural on the soda shoppe is spotted - that of a semi-clad David's mother in all of her elegant beauty. The grey-scale cretins smash it to bits and vandalize the shop for his creative efforts. Still, he follows his heart and eventually creates another masterpiece, this time on the side-wall of the place, which pictorally recounts the unfortunate occurrences as of late, most noticably, the despicable burning of books which are depicted sprouting wings and flying up into the sky like so many angels. This was cause by David and his sister recalling the contents of certain literature in the librarium, to which the predictable blank pages in the myriad tomes begin to fill by the recollections of their memories.

    Of course, because of the various labidonous and epystomological expressions thus surfacing in the once completely bland township, the politicians amongst the greyscale drones mobilize against the evolutions by passing restrictive laws to squelch all future manifestations of the imagination, until the mural incident, in which the artist is called into Court, where there is one judge, no jury, and the attendents therein are divided between the greys and the colords. David must act as his own and the cook's attorney until finally, he invokes a response emotional enough to surface color in the Judge himself, to which he goes out running amidst the laughter of all in the hall.

    After this, the toen is in brilliant Satan-O-Vision color, as if painted by the hands of daemons. So David finally returns, and all is as it was in his own time, with an additional kaleidoscopic flame of knowledge to boot....more info
  • Excellent!
    I was pleasantly surprised by this relatively unknown film that has themes of racism, McCarthyism and definately pokes fun at the sterile comedies of the 50's like Leave it to Beaver. Both Toby McGuire and Reese Weatherspoon are excellent as twins who are transported to the world of a 50's comedy (Pleasantville) that they were watching and had a fight over the tv remote.

    The world is in black and white and the people are always happy. As Witherspoon and McGuire make changes, the people start to go from being black and white to color and some may feel they are destroying Eden (there is even a scene with McGuire eating an apple from his girlfriend and causing a lot of change as a result).

    Should not be missed!...more info
  • One of my very favorite movies of all time!
    When I first started watching this movie I thought it was going to be silly and fun, but it was much, much more than that. As the plot thickens and the storyline goes deeper we see a growing metaphor not just for racism, but for bigotry in general. The struggle for safety vs. freedom is a struggle we face in our world today, and perhaps always have. Freedom involves taking risks, and in the process we lose the security we thought we had - like when the men no longer can count on a hot meal on the table when they come home - but actually gain by seeing their wives in a new light.

    The book burning scene was, of course, particularly moving to me. I cried. I would. As each character discovers their passion, they change from black and white to color - much to their chagrin, as "coloreds" are relegated to back rooms and alleyways. Once they find their passion, however, there is no going back.

    As nostalgic as I can get at times, would I go back? Would you?Aimee and Jaguar...more info
  • Exactly what I expected...
    This movie is great! I needed it for my classroom and it was available and mailed to me within a week....more info
  • Technicolor Revolution
    I remember that the first time I saw this movie, I was about 12. I thought that the idea of two teenagers from the present living in a black and white TV show eventually turning things into color was a fun little premise. However, I could not even begin to grasp all the symbolism behind the events taking place in that "pleasant" little town. Upon further viewings, I realized how well-made and almost scary this movie is.
    David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) may be twins, but they're polar opposites. David is a quiet introvert while Jennifer is a popular girl and (eventually) a self-proclaimed slut. They come from a bit of a broken home, and they each have their own way of escaping their chaotic lives. Jennifer has sex while David takes solice in Pleasantville, a 1950's show about a town where nothing bad ever happens. Ever. It never rains, the basketball team always wins, everyone rolls perfect games when bowling, and every family is completely functional. The father works hard to support his wife and kids, the wife stays home and cooks, cleans, and raises the kids, while the kids do well in school. There is no sex. No one knows what it is, and even husbands and wives sleep in separate beds. There is no literature. All the books are blank. No one does anything wrong. Pleasantville is very much in league with shows such as Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, and Leave it to Beaver, all of which taught the values that every American should have. When people refer to "the good ol' days", it seems as if they are actually referring to these shows, which portray a way of life that never did nor could actually exist.
    One night, David plans on watching a Pleasantville marathon, but Jennifer wants to watch something else. A fight over their remote leads to its destrcution, but soon a mysterious TV repairman (Don Knotts) shows up and offers them a retro-looking control to use. Another fight breaks out, but this time, the pair somehow get sucked into the world of Pleasantville (the film never explains how the remote works, but, then again, no explanation is required; it has no place in the film). David, now impersonating Bud Parker, and Jennifer in the role of Bud's sister Mary-Sue, are now supposed to live out the lives of their characters. It's most likely that the repairman did this in order to get the two to get along better. David immediately tries to convince Jennifer to preserve the way of life that the other residents of Pleasantville adhere to, but Jennifer decides that she ought to inject a little bit of 90's culture into what she considers to be a dull existence. After all, wouldn't paradise get boring after a while? What is life without the unpredictability that keeps things interesting?
    Soon Jennifer's meddling begins to create a ripple effect which causes small changes here and there. Suddenly, the basketball team loses their first game ever. The books in the libraries begin filling in with text, and random people and objects begin being colorized. At first, doctors and politicians attribute the coloration to a minor disease that is spreading, but isn't life-threatening. Thinking that it will "go away on its own", everyone initially writes off the changes as a minor hiccup in the overall pleasantness of the town. Then Jennifer drops a bombshell on the town. She introduces sex to the town. Teenagers and adults, who had all previously been chaste as children, discover the new activity and cannot get enough of it. Eventually, entire people change from bleak black and white to vibrant technicolor.
    Though not everyone is happy with these "unpleasant" changes. The mayor of Pleasantville (J.T. Walsh) finds the changes upsetting, and he tries to convene the "true" citizens of Pleasantville to find a way to deal with the problem of the "colored" people. Eventually, in reacting to the unpleasantness of rock 'n' roll, books (including Huck Finn and Catcher in the Rye, two of the most frequently banned books in America), sex, and color, the remaining pleasant citizens cause riots, intolerance, and many other true forms of what can be called unpleasantness, if one were to put it lightly.
    The film deals with numerous themes and parallels. The idea of the blandness of paradise starts things off, leading to dealing with personal change. Towards the end of the film, Nazism and American racism against blacks is displayed through the way the black and white citizens treat the colored citizens. While the film is mostly seen as a fun little sci-fi, if interpreted in certain ways, it can be seen as a horrific reminder/warning of what happens when intolerance takes over.
    I find Pleasantville to be a highly underrated film. While the premise seems a little cheesy, it is well written and acted. The metaphors are all done very well, and the dialogue is wonderful through the use of ultra-saccarine 50's TV euphamisms (swell and such) juxtaposed with David and Jennifer's 90's lingo. Both leads do well with their roles, while the supporting cast, including William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels perform amazingly as well. This movie definitely is not for everyone, but I encourage everyone to check it out at some point, if only to view it as a study of society....more info
  • a subtle racism movie but actualy done well
    the basic story is that peter parker from spider man goes into his tv into a black and white world called pleasureville.errrr pleasentville.regardless,its a old tv sitcom from the 50s.everything he does has a drastic effect on thier world.for instance,he showed up late to work and the diner guy stood and scrubbed the same spot on the bar until he got there since it was a break in their routine.then his prissy,stuck up sister shows and acts like a ho.this introduces another foriegn element into this world.with each new element,a new color would appear in the movie.the people in town started freaking out about this.its really neat.the guy who played spider man is the main character.his sister is just another horny teenager.chicks like her are like a stop sign.theres a new one at every corner.its a one of a kind movie like wizard of oz meets back to the future.his sister is kinda cute though.the message is all about the social transformations between the 50s and 60s.the special effects are pretty cool.i doubt there will be a sequel since theres no way it could ever approach the genius of the first one. ...more info
  • Be Careful What You Ask For...
    I once worked for a guy who, upon learning that I was thinking of leaving his company, said, "Are you running away from something, or toward something?"

    How wise.

    This movie starts out with its protagonist, [a really young SpiderMan, Tobey McGuire], wishing to run away from our world. His vision of escape is into a TV sitcom, Pleasantville. He and his sister [Reese Witherspoon] both get their wish.

    As is the case in so many of our best movies, this running away allows both these people to learn something. What makes it more special is the things each of these two young people learn from the past.

    And, finally, that they also have things to teach the past. They end up "polluting" the perfect world of Pleasantville and, as a dramatic sign of their influence, people and things change from black and white into color.

    My biggest rave about the movie, though, is how the DVD producers made maximum use of multiple track capability. We all love the director's comment tracks on DVDs, or the actors. This one is unusual in that the greatest film composer of our era, Randy Newman, narrates his creative thoughts on the soundtrack compositions (each one original).

    I can think of few stronger examples of composed music creating an essential quality for the film. Newman is a genius, and here he's created not only a complementary sound signature, but one which makes itself essential to the movie's conveyed message.

    You'll love the DVD; if you get it, play Randy Newman's comments and tell me what you think....more info
  • One-of-us. One-of-us...
    Since sin is a narcotic best peddled to buyers already under its influence, Pleasantville might at first appear to us as an enlightened twist on the Eden myth - the twist being that the Fall is given dignity- where The Fruit of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is exhalted to "The Fruit of Good."

    What Pleasantville actually does is tell the story of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" but from the perspective of the snatched. The story is familiar in Sci-fi: unwelcomed beings show up on the scene spreading a mind-altering condition which, once surrendered to, infects its carrier with the idea that the infected state is much better. Carriers begin to engage in behavior which seems appalling to the uninfected. Carriers begin to proselytize vehemently. Despite terrified efforts at resistance, one-by-one the yokels succumb and become little proselytizing machines themselves. Those unwilling to convert are fearful for their safety and the safety of civilization. Recalcitrant citizens resort to violence and other measures to resist assimilation. But eventually everyone comes under the influence of the New Mind.

    Unlike "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" however, Pleasantville is written from a narrative perspective that privileges the state of conversion and de-priveleges efforts at resistance. The writers achieve this switcheroo by deploying ethical and cinematic tropes in a way which invert moviegoers' traditional sympathies while keeping their default values intact. Instead of rooting for the brave souls who resist assimilation, this time around we are encouraged to endorse assimilation because this time we get to see how wonderful assimilation looks like "from the inside." Instead of showing the assimilated state from the perspective of those not-yet-converted (to whom "colored" behavior seems dangerous, univocal, homogenized and zombie-like) we are shown assimilation from inside the heads of the proselytizers themselves, for whom conversion has increased the qualia of consciousness and delivered a heightened sense of personal autonomy -- you know, more like us ticketholders. Efforts at resistance are cinematically paired with allusions to Naziism and sexism while successful assimilation is paired with a celebratory soundtrack and Technicolor.

    These inverted ethical tropes are what is fatal to Pleasantville. The film tries to tell a story of a "loss of innocence" but along the way is forced to characterize the "innocent" as racist Nazis who only become well-behaved after they eat the forbidden fruit. For while the writers try hard to get us to associate Pleasantville with the Eden myth (and to root for the corresponding "post-fallen" state), they can only do so at the expense of portraying racist behavior as a pre-fallen condition. Attentive audiences will be distracted from the story by this ham-fisted inversion. ...more info
  • Loved it
    I know it's kinda leftist and preachy, but I loved it and it touched something inside me. So I'm a bleeding-heart liberal...whatever. But the movie does make some great points about the stiff and unrealistic crap the 50's tried to paint everyone into. (80's kid here...but I've seen plenty of 50's TV and I know my history) I love the idea of this film and how...just as in the real world...as color TV came to be...so did a more open minded world. I've read some negative reviews and most just complain about the ideals this film portray...but hey...it's a free country for a reason folks. I do appreciate that most reviewers admit the acting and effects of this film are good...it's just a great film all around IMO and I would recommend it to anyone...regardless of your political ideals. Try putting those aside while watching. Either way it will spark a reaction and that is what art is all about. ...more info
  • Pleasantville
    Competent acting. Decent Storyline. It actually streches your mind a little to consider "What If?" Three stars......more info
  • STRANGE!!!!
    I LIKE THIS VIDEO REESE WITHERSPOON IS IN THIS VIDEO. I LIKE REESE SHE IS A GREAT ACTRESS. I ENJOY THIS MOVIE BUT IT IS VERY WEIRD. DON KNOTTS MAKES AN APPREANCE. THIS SETTING OF THIS MOVIE REMINDS ME OF "LEAVE IT TO BEAVER". I ENJOYED THIS VIDEO....more info
  • Just buy it!
    If you've seen it, you know why you want to own your own copy. If you haven't seen it, you have one of the best films of the last 15 years awaiting you. It helps if you were a child of the '50s, but it's not essential....more info