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Fantastical writer Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an auspicious directorial debut with this inspired and oddly touching comedy about two '90s kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) thrust into the black-and-white TV world of Pleasantville, a Leave It to Beaver-style sitcom complete with picket fences, corner malt shop, and warm chocolate chip cookies. When a somewhat unusual remote control (provided by repairman Don Knotts) transports them from the jaded real world to G-rated TV land, Maguire and Witherspoon are forced to play along as Bud and Mary Sue, the obedient children of George and Betty Parker (William H. Macy and Joan Allen). Maguire, an obsessive Pleasantville devotee, understands the need for not toppling the natural balance of things; Witherspoon, on the other hand, starts shaking the town up, most notably when she takes football stud Skip (Paul Walker) up to Lover's Lane for some modern-day fun and games. Soon enough, Pleasantville's teens are discovering sex along with--gasp!--rock & roll, free thinking, and soul-changing Technicolor. Filled with delightful and shrewd details about sitcom life (no toilets, no double beds, only two streets in the town), Pleasantville is a joy to watch, not only for its comedy but for the groundbreaking visual effects and astonishing production design as the town gradually transforms from crisp black and white to glorious color. Ross does tip his hand a bit about halfway through the film, obscuring the movie's basic message of the unpredictability of life with overloaded and obvious symbolism, as the black-and-white denizens of the town gang up on the "coloreds" and impose rules of conduct to keep their strait-laced town laced up. Still, the characterizations from the phenomenal cast--especially repressed housewife Allen and soda-shop owner Jeff Daniels, doing some of their best work ever--will keep you emotionally invested in the film's outcome, and waiting to see Pleasantville in all its final Technicolor glory. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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with themes that are as relevant today as they were in the 1950's and it
touches on themes that were relevant in the 1940's.this film is set both
in the 90's and the 50's.it's multi-layered in terms of story and
content.there's a lot of depth here.a lot of thought was put into the
characters,as well as the story.it's very thought provoking,as well as
entertaining and even funny.not only is the story well written,but so
are the quirky characters.Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Magiure are
wonderful as the two leads.Jeff Daniels,Joan Allen,William
H.Macy,J.T.Walsh,and the great Don Knotts also star and are equally
good.Credit must also go to Gary Ross,who not only directed the
movie,but also produced and wrote it.even though there are some dark
themes,i think this a movie that could be,and should be watched by the
whole family.but parents should use their discretion.for
me,Pleasantville is a 5/5
Since they are the anomalies in the show, they start to distort and change the show. This is a world where everything is back and white and the anomalies start to show up as colour in the show. One of things that I liked about the show was having colour images on a B&W background and the further you got into the movie, the more you saw until its all colour. It's a fun movie about the `butterfly effect' - where any distortion in time will have a cascading effect. Once they solve the mystery in the show, they are allowed to return back to their world.
Most movies you can but in categories but you cant with this one. There is no other show that reminds me of this one. It is so unique that you have to see it to understand. I hope you all have a chance to watch it once.
Now that I've written the synopsis, "Pleasantville", I've come to the most difficult part of writing a review, putting your thoughts and opinions of the movie down. And I must say, "Pleasantville" is an especially difficult movie to write a review on.
First off, let's put down the good points of the film. The acting was very well done, the older actors standing out the most. William H. Macy had one scene towards the end where he was just terrific! Jeff Daniels was also superb, in the beginning where he's just so confused because David/Bud is doing things out of synch was just so funny! And Joan Allen develops her character nicely.
As everyone has most probably mentioned, the special effects are simply fantastic and breathtaking!Read more ›
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A great metaphor on social discrepancies. The picture is a gem in that movie.Published 14 months ago by Michel Hebert
My husband was thrilled. We lost our copy ( darn those people who borrow and don't return ) so a new one was needed desperately.Published 15 months ago by Angela Vaughan