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At Theaters: 10/23/1998 On Video: 3/23/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 109809
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Two modern-day teenage siblings find themselves mysteriously trapped in an ultra-wholesome black and white sitcom from the 1950s. When these teens bring their '90s attitude into this unsuspecting era of purity and blandness, the residents of Pleasantville discover that magnificent changes can occur in living color.

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Drama Comedy - A glorious-looking fantasy that combines social satire with an invigorating tale of the triumph of individuality. Everyone except the youngest children should enjoy what this film has to offer.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tobey Maguire (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
Reese Witherspoon (Fear)
J. T. Walsh (The Client)
Wri/Dir: Gary Ross (Screenwriter - Big)
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The Vision For Pleasantville
The Cast And Characters
The Design And Technical Production
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PROFANITY: Mostly mild and infrequent.
SEX/NUDITY: Nothing graphic. Some nude paintings are shown.
VIOLENCE: A punch is thrown.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Social drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Satirical situations.
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Very Good
One of the best things about Pleasantville is that, while it entertains with its quirky plot and stunning visuals, it also makes the viewer think. Too few movies manage to be both thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining. Pleasantville is a tour de force - it's a magical, modern-day fairy tale that invites us to explore who we are, and, like The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life (heady company indeed), it trumpets the messages that the individual can make a difference, and that life in an alternate reality isn't necessarily better, just different. There's even room for a parable about racism ("No coloreds allowed"). Not only is Pleasantville a satire, a fantasy, and a visual marvel, but it's the best kind of feel-good movie.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 209 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
17
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
18
Fairly High
83%
13-19Teens (F)
42
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
Fairly Low
55%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
77%
30+Adults (M)
47
Fairly High
87%
30+Adults (F)
61
Fairly High
84%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

In Pleasantville, USA, there has never been any rain.

 There has never been hatred, aggression or tears.

 In Pleasantville, USA, there has never been a passionate kiss.

 There has never been a flat tire, a red rose or a work of art.

 Until now.

Through a mysterious chain of events, twin siblings from a typical, broken 90's family find themselves trapped in an alternate reality where basketballs always go in, the thermometer always reads 72, the bathrooms have no toilets and sex just doesn't exist.  But the teenagers have also brought an unexpected -- and double-edged -- gift to Pleasantville:  a sense of possibility that spreads like wildfire throughout the town.  There can be no turning back once the citizens begin experiencing such strange wonders as sex, art, rain, and ideas.

Soon, the town undergoes an astonishing transformation, slowly turning from black-and-white to Technicolor.  First, it is a red rose, a blade of green grass, a shiny new car.  A tongue turns pink, eyes turn hazel, Flesh tones shock and anger with their beauty.  Pleasantville becomes divided -- rife for the first time with stark differences as it attempts to grasp the kaleidoscopic new world before it.

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