Watched May 21, 2012
This is a very sweet film that is pretty heart warming. It reminded me a bit of The Purple Rose of Cairo (which coincidentally also starred Jeff Daniels) with a Frank Capra kind of vibe as well.
The premise is certainly unique: two teenagers are plunged into a 50's television show where everything is pleasant and happy, and give them a dose of reality. It's beautiful when colours appear in this world for the first time. I especially enjoyed the performance of Joan Allen whose transition from repressed housewife to a free thinking liberal woman is great, and her performance adds great poignancy.
It's a cliched criticism by this point but the film does tend to drag a bit towards the end. It could have been a tiny bit shorter perhaps. But it's a very pleasant (hah! get it! pleasant!) film.