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Pleasantville (1998) Movie Information

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Gary Ross


Reese Witherspoon
William H. Macy
Tobey Maguire
Joan Allen
Jeff Daniels
J.T. Walsh





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Two modern-day teens find themselves in a transported inside a 1950's sitcom where their actions disrupt the idealized lives of the characters and literally brings color and love, along with violence and racism, to the people inhabiting the show. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung 02/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A fun drama that deals with interesting coming of age themes, set amid a "Leave it to Beaver" 50's town. The film's use of color, while obvious, works extremely well, as do two strong performances from Maguire and Witherspoon.

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Snoogans 11/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Interesting fantasy concept that uses it's story to stretch farther into shared human ideas and emotions, all while delivering some smart satire. There is a lot going on here and the majority of it works. I find new reasons to appreciate this film every time I revisit it.

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Jenna 08/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I think this is one of those films that is light and playful, but also a bit dark and profound. It really satisfies and holds your attention from start to finish. Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon are delightful, as are Joan Allen (the most captivating of the characters), and Jeff Daniels. It certainly holds it's place amongst films that are brilliant and eye opening. It reminded me of a couple of books I read in school; The Giver and A Wrinkle in Time. It's an original in every sense of the word and one that doesn't get old.

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Armando Sanchez 02/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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as far as I can remember,I used to love this film as a kid.and I still do.Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspon are perfect and funny together.all I can say about this film is that it's a classic and will live on for the next generation to come.

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01/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Pleasantville" by Yojimbo

A pair of teens are transported into the world of a black and white 50s sitcom where their presence has some profound effects. On the surface, Pleasantville is just another fluffy, wish fulfillment fantasy, but lurking beneath is some pretty smart and funny social commentary. Somewhat in the vein of Tim Burton's work, it examines the "suburban dream" of middle America, still clung to by many right-wing conservatives nicely represented by J. T. Walsh as "Big Bob" and his fascistic Chamber Of Commerce. He is the one to rally the middle class, white males of the community to try and preserve the status quo once the emancipated inhabitants of Pleasantville become the enemy, branded as "coloreds" in this 50s "utopia" that is completely devoid of black faces. The rest of the cast are equally go...

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11/22/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lost in the Garden of Eden?

Director Gary Ross really nails the complexities, hypocrisies and core values of American life in this underrated debut tale of life, love and the trouble with choice.

Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon play teenage siblings who, through a glitch in the division between reality and TV, find themselves trapped in a fictional '50s suburban sitcom world. Instead of wasting this premise on cheap jokes about the difference between modern and recent society, Ross injects an incendiary concept into the mix: what happens when a town that's designed to operate under a complete absence of independent thought is exposed to the forbidden fruit of free will?

When Maguire (via logic) and Witherspoon (via lust) challenge the simplistic belief systems of the "one-dimensional" citizens of Pleasan...

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