[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Nothing is as simple as black and white.
Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts Pleasantville's peaceful but boring routine, she literally brings color into its life.
This movie is genius beyond words. I wish more people cared about it. It's funny, but it also deals with important themes such as racism and the great social movement of the 60s, but presented through the change television made during that time. The script is impeccable and every scene builds off of the last one.
This is a very strange and silly film which turns into a very interesting and thought provoking film.
A brother and sister are transported from modern day (well 1998) in a black and white TV show called Pleasantville.
Whilst everyone's life is idyllic and nothing out of the ordinary happens, their presence causes people to act out and become 'colour'.
This then becomes a not too dissimilar to the American 50's and signs such as 'no colours' are put up and books burnt.
Very underrated and deserves a watch.
This visionary film fits perfectly on a double bill with this year's "The Truman Show," as both films deal with the vivid realities of a fictional world.
Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon, our heroes of "Pleasantville," find themselves trapped inside of a TV show, a universe etched out of a black-and-white existence. Witherspoon gets the bright idea of shaking up their newfound straight world, and as everyone in Pleasantville experiences great change in their lives, everything begins to turn color.
The film is clearly metaphorical, but even if you watch it without analyzing the clever asides, "Pleasantville" is still a rich, satisfying movie.
The entire cast excels, but Joan Allen is a standout. She's simply mesmerizing.
A masterpiece of the highest order.
While I do believe that the film Pleasantville had it's problems, it's still a terrific feature that everyone needs to watch. It brings up a question I debate about with my mother a lot, the content in film. My mom is wonderful by the way, yet, she always questions why there should be so much inappropriate content in film and TV now unlike the 50's. My dad usually has the TV to a network that plays older shows, and I'm very aware of classics like Andy Griffith and Leave It To Beaver. They are amazing shows, and so much better then the trash on television today like Big Bang Theory and the most overrated show in the history of…
my favorite part was when the mom masturbated in the bathtub and came so hard that the tree in her front yard literally burst into flames
"The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past." --The Giver
I wonder what a review from me would have looked like back when I saw this 18 years ago. I'm sure it would have been hesitant, for I was then. Steeped in the parameters placed by others, I would have couched my words carefully, trying to express myself while filtering through tenets and traditions. I still sift through those things, but I'm no longer hesitant, nor am I as careful.
Let's talk sex. At first superficial blush, it would appear that color is a byproduct of it. Sexuality saturates the visage. But this allegory is more than meets the…
Gary Ross's Pleasantville is a very sweet and earnest movie about the evolution of social values and the power of sentience. The earnestness is especially captured in the performance of the late Paul Walker, but almost all of the actors (Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy) give excellent performances. Visually this is a striking film from Gary Ross, and easily his best directed work. There is an awkward civil rights allegory toward the end of the movie - the word "colored" feels really out of place in a movie that doesn't actually feature a single actor of color - and the lesson Witherspoon's character learns is oddly regressive, but the rest of the movie is positively progressive, especially for what is ostensibly a family film from the 90's.
An absolutely beautiful film. Unlike anything I've ever seen.
Probably the best of the "magical remote control" films (it's certainly better than "Click"), and definitely the one that does the best job of hitting you over the head with metaphors.
A little under 18 years after its release and the themes and issues this movie deals with are still surprisingly timely and relevant. My favorite film with Tobey Maguire in it.
The concept was refreshing for me.
Very original and thought-provoking, Pleasantville provides an interesting concept coupled with great visuals using the parallel of greyscale vs color (a shot that comes to mind is a car driving through a forest where everything is black and white except the tons of pink rose petals falling to the ground). While it did seem to drag on in the second half, the movie still succeeded in creating some social commentary in a very unique way. It may have served better as a short film rather than a full-length feature film, but Pleasantville is an entertaining and intelligent movie that is well worth watching.
I ended up really liking this wierd hidden gem on Netflix, and it was very nice to watch.
While the first hour seemed a bit cheezy and then slow and wierd, the ending and the messages towards the end are great. Somehow this movie was lighthearted and funny yet deep and controversial, which was crazy and great and ultimately left me feeling pretty happy. It was a feel-good film, and I think it's an important one. While this is true, though, the movie kinda skips over a lot of crucial info while delving into social change issues of the 1950s and also is mostly white?
The effects of the town turning from black and white to color was like…
When I saw this as a teenager, I thought it was a fairly incisive way to address our racist past by making it about white people vs white people.
This time around, my first since the movie came out, I'm seeing it as a tacky cultural appropriation of the African-American experience to illustrate just how oppressed liberal values are. Maybe I'm more in tune with it since I've seen how various communities and politicians yolk their experiences onto the civil rights battle of the 1950s without actually addressing the problems that Minority communities still face.
The story of Pleasantville is a quaint analogy of how 1950s white suburban values were interrupted by the invasion of the 1960s counter-culture. By using…
A funny and thoughtful film with some clever storytelling and a spark of magic. It has some weaknesses, but overall it's fantastic.
from my "watch it again" section on american netflix instant, all currently available to stream, ranked by how highly i…
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