[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 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 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 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.
David, a smart introvert, spends his days watching a classic 50's black and white sitcom Pleasantville.
His sister Jennifer is much more popular and is about to go on a date with her boyfriend.
The two of them get in a fight over what to watch on tv and in the process end up breaking the remote.
A tv repairman shows up at the exact same moment and gives them a new remote.
After using the new remote they are transported into the world of Plesantville, where David and Jennifer take on the roles of the children of the Parker family.
In the realm of animation this concept is pretty commonplace, but I've never heard or seen a live action…
Pleasantville is very ambitious thematically and narratively, even if it is two hours of going completely off the rails in a good way.
This movie doesn't really logically fit into anything. You'd think it would be a quirky comedy about 90s kids living in the 50s but it tailspins into a commentary on prejudice and racism.
Great, beautiful movie.
I've only ever heard this movie described as the black and white movie with Tobey Maguire. That's not a movie that interests me in the slightest.
If you would have described it as a black and white movie that people start to see color when they have orgasms, I might have been more inclined to see it.
just a cheap ripoff of Teen Beach Movie
When someone asks for an example of just a straight up good movie, i would tell them to watch this
i love my son bill
I'd come across a few shots from PLEASANTVILLE and thought, "oh, cool, I'll check that out." I expected some sweet and superficial late nineties dramedy. I was pleasantly surprised.
The story managed to be charming and engaging while tackling controversial and contextually heretical topics like art, sex, literature, and gender roles. Additionally, each character had a unique transformation throughout the film that was relatable and relevant.
The cinematography was fascinating and beautiful. The combination of color and b & w in a single shot was visually challenging and indicative of a talented director of photography.
Performances from Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon were sweet and nothing more, but Joan Allen, William H Macy, and Jeff Daniels brought subtle but powerful performances…
Finally, after 15 years of seeing little snippets here and there on TV, and being fascinated with the look of this movie, I've finally watched the whole thing. And it was glorious. I very much relate to Tobey Maguire's character, but have yet to experience quite the same thing he does here. The gradual changes Pleasantville experiences are represented with the gradual change to color, which is a joy to look at.
sometimes i think it'd be cool to spend time in my favourite tv show but then i remember that my favourite show is chuck
Pleasantville is certainly unique. I found it to be difficult to connect to for the first third, but it is a film that warms up as it goes. The film is driven by its central concept, featuring the two main characters traveling into a 1950s-set TV show. Some of the social commentary felt familiar, but the TV show setting kept everything fresh (e.g. not only do the TV characters not talk about sex, but they don't even know what it is!). In that sense, it was more than just a critique of mid-century values, but also a retrospective look at the cultural products that that era produced.
The William H. Macy sequence of him cluelessly wandering around saying "Honey, I'm home! Honey, I'm home? Where's my dinner?" is one of the funnier scenes I've seen in a while.
169/366 for 2016
"It's not supposed to be anything"
I should've watched this awhile ago. I love the way this film conducts itself. The montage of teachers decrying the absolute fuckedness of these kids' modern world was brilliant. And this goes so Disney Channel Original movie, but in such a delightful way. PLEASANTVILLE exceeded every single one of my possible expectations by a long shot. It's a gut punch, but it feels like it'll be a long time favorite, because I loved everything about how this film worked and explored its themes and ideas. It's cinematically thrilling, and emotionally stunning. I love PLEASANTVILLE.
There's so much brilliance in Pleasantville's premise, which makes it exponentially more disappointing that the execution is so, so wildly inconsistent. And by inconsistent, I mean that after a suitably pleasant opening act, this thing goes further and further off the rails with each passing minute.
This is one of the most tonally challenged movies I have ever seen. It really feels like after coming up with the idea, Gary Ross knocked one (and only) draft out in a feverish week, knowing that someone would definitely produce a good concept no matter what. It's like he keeps forgetting what kind of movie it is, what it's about, what it's trying to say, but every once in a while he'd…
Here are some double/triple features that I either came up with or stole from the internet. I love the idea…