Pleasantville (1998)

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Tobey Maguire ("Spider-Man 3," "The Good German"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line," "Legally Blonde"), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy-winner William H. Macy ("Fargo," "Wild Hogs") and Golden Globe-nominee Jeff Daniels ("The Lookout," "Good Night, and Good Luck") star in this modern day fairy tale where an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white '50s utopia--and set off a revolution. This film was written, produced, and directed by Academy Award-nominee Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit," "Big").

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Blackretreat    5 star

Tells a real truth Love how this story is told

Shooshie    5 star

One of the great stories of all time What if you could move into a town untouched by the seven deadly sins? A town where every soul was as fresh as the morning dew, and perfection was simlpy taken for granted? First you'd learn that their exposure to the "outside" was strictly and completely limited, for to know history is to know the very things that steal your innocence. When the innocence starts to go, it snowballs into an avalanche of human nature, the stuff of religious sermons. Joy and desire. Guilt and shame. This is the "better world" of our collective memories, always set in someone's childhood, which never really existed, and never can exist. Its awakening to the world we actually live in is beautiful and emotionally moving. Pleasantville is what happens when we try to live in that magical past that we remember, but never really was. Just watch it.

Monopolies win    1 star

Pleasantville Don't know whether this is a good movie or not. iTunes and Amazon have a monopoly and thus are overpriced for a single showing of this film. Where have all the video stores gone? Oh, iTunes and amazon blew them away with lower fees before they gained exorbitant market shares. Now they charge around $10 a show. Welcome to the new world.

Joshua.Cane    5 star

Great film! Though the beginning was kind of a rough patch, the rest of the film was captivating. The film showcases the juxtaposition of society then, and now, and how they interact with each other. Must watch!!

JonPCole    5 star

One of the Best Films of the Last 20 years! A film that starts out as a light and cute Hollywood comedy evolves beautifully into a soul-searching examination of human expectations. The "Father Knows Best" world of a a 50s sitcom begins to unravel when a brother and sister from the late 20th century are pulled into the TV world and generate real emotions in the characters. This metamorphosis causes the black and white world to slowly turn to color. Those who fear change rise up to confront and squash the threat to their perfect world.

Little Taylor Swift    4 star

Actually pretty good It's pretty good

AmericanRedneck    4 star

Solid show A good, solid script, followed by great acting through and through. The plot is fairly straight forward after the first third of the flick, but still has enough twists to keep it interesting.

sox1123    5 star

Psychology review The story tells the audience that if you want to feel emotion you can. You truely aren't limited to just hppiness; people can have different feelings and life is not perfect. From a Psychology point-of-view, the town was able to experience the change and freedom of emotions; and given a audience who doesn't know anything but perfectness; you would be able to change their thought process. Overall this movie does show a strong sense of richeousness in the sense that freedom is attainable by anyone or anything

Essentialism    1 star

Decadent Stylishly impressive, but with a poisonous message of decadence: freedom is equated with license, authenticity with selfishness, happiness with rebellion and self-indulgence. The film attempts to promote the changes to the idyllic town as a liberation, but it is an unwanted liberation. The townspeople were happy and moral before, and become corrupted and destructive after the introduction of modern amorality.

elliebeth21    5 star

AMAZING This film changed my life in college. It's such an understated, charming and lovely film --- a MUST rent. Highly recommended.

One that slipped under the radar  Bronteguy  5 star

Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels are brilliant. William H Macy... this guy is in everything yet get so little recognition. Also brilliant performance... Feel great movie!

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One of the best films I've seen this year  Create nicknamex  5 star

Pleasantville is a fantastic, satirical and humorous fantasy film that shows the ideologies represented in 1950s sitcoms and turns it on its head. What starts off with a plot that wouldn't seem to go anywhere, it moves to a whole other level, with satire on social values and interesting social commentary. This film is definitely a must see. It's intelligent, quirky and downright entertaining.

Not a Divine rebellion  Smitheyer  5 star

In proclaiming that “Man is the measure of all things,” Greek philosopher Protagoras, was quite patent in denouncing any objective standard of morality, and by no means was he alone. The notion that truth is perceived differently from divergent points of view and that no single point of view is the complete truth, has from time immemorial been the mantra of Divine rebellion. And yet, creativity, when done right, is less boring and most definitely inevitable.

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