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Pleasantville
Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon




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Two modern American teenagers are sucked into their television set and end up living in a black-and-white fifties sitcom. Bewildered by their new world's naivete and innocence, they slowly start to add color and spice to the town's life. Eventually, however, they begin to question their influence, wondering if their advanced 90's attitudes are really that much better than those of the innocent past. Sterling effects and stand-out performances make this commentary on modern life a poignant, entertaining effort.

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Overview

Two modern American teenagers are sucked into their television set and end up living in a black-and-white fifties sitcom. Bewildered by their new world's naivete and innocence, they slowly start to add color and spice to the town's life. Eventually, however, they begin to question their influence, wondering if their advanced 90's attitudes are really that much better than those of the innocent past. Sterling effects and stand-out performances make this commentary on modern life a poignant, entertaining effort.

Main Cast & Crew

Gary Ross - Director
Tobey Maguire
Reese Witherspoon
Jeff Daniels
Joan Allen
William H. Macy
J.T. Walsh
Don Knotts
Paul Walker
Marley Shelton
Jane Kaczmarek

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (New Box Art)
  • Run Time: 124
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043147517
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (some thematic elements emphasizing sexuality, and for language)
  • Release Date: March 1999

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Time Travel
Theatrical Release
Teenagers

 

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Reviews:
"...The film is a technical marvel....A visionary adventure..." - 11/12/1998 Rolling Stone, p.121-2


"...PLEASANTVILLE's ideas are visual and cinematic as well as theoretical, making it glorious entertainment..." - 03/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.49-50


"...Gorgeous effects and a top-notch cast....A funny, feelgood Hollywood movie..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 10/01/1999 Total Film, p.98


"...Visually impressive..." - 11/20/1998 USA Today, p.6E


"...[An] ingenious fantasy....Ms. Witherspoon turns in a deliciously naughty performance..." - 10/23/1998 New York Times, p.E23


"...Winsome and witty....PLEASANTVILLE cleverly satirizes those who preach the values of rigid family values and conformity..." - 11/01/1998 Box Office, p.138


"...Color and black and white exist magically and seamlessly in the same frames....PLEASANTVILLE further illustrates how limitless the future is for the inventive use of new technologies..." - 10/23/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"PLEASANTVILLE sparkles with poetic notions as color spreads throughout the town." - 03/22/2012 Wall Street Journal

 

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