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Synopsis

David Wagner is a Nineties kid with a Fifties addiction. He's hooked on reruns of a classic television show called "Pleasantville," set in a simple place where everyone is swell and perky, "confrontation" is a dirty word and life is pleasingly pleasant. Addicted to this utopian world, David immerses himself in "Pleasantville" as an innocent escape from the trouble-plagued real world that he must share with his ultra-hip, totally popular twin sister, Jennifer. But one evening, life takes a bizarre twist when a peculiar repairman gives him a strange remote control, which zaps David and his sister straight into Pleasantville. All the repressed desires of life in the Fifties begin to boil up through the people of Pleasantville, changing their lives in strange and wonderful ways that none of them had even dared to dream of, until they were visited by two kids from the real world.

Cast

  • Tobey Maguire
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • William H. Macy
  • Joan Allen
  • Jeff Daniels
  • J.T. Walsh
  • Don Knotts
  • Marley Shelton
  • Jane Kaczmarek
  • Giuseppe Andrews

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The calendar in the Parkers' front room informs us that the Pleasantville-based portion of the film is set in April 1958. Another calendar in the back room of the soda shop is also for 1958.
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Goofs

  • While Mary Sue is explaining sex to her mother, her hair changes between shots.
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Quotes

    • David: They're happy like this.
    • Jennifer: No, David. Nobody's happy in a poodle skirt and a sweater set.
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Metacritic

100

The kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

Giddily inventive.

Metacritic review by Jami Bernard
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
88

Not only is Pleasantville a satire, a fantasy, and a visual marvel, but it's the best kind of feel-good movie.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
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