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Pleasantville (1998)

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Gary Ross

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Plot Summary

Tobey Maguire ("Spider-Man 3," "The Good German"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line," "Legally Blonde"), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy-winner William H. Macy ("Fargo," "Wild Hogs") and Golden Globe-nominee Jeff Daniels ("The Lookout," "Good Night, and Good Luck") star in this modern day fairy tale where an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white '50s utopia--and set off a revolution. This film was written, produced, and directed by Academy Award-nominee Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit," "Big").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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85%
  • Reviews Counted: 93
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Nov 10, 2014

Rotten: Ends up having more on its mind than it can successfully handle. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 28, 2006

Fresh: This wonderful film speaks volumes about prejudice, the freedom of ideas, and the joys of diversity. – Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com, Apr 13, 2004

Fresh: Wildly ambitious! – Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Amazing Flick, a Must Buy

My brother and I saw this in the theater thinking it would be a silly slapstick comedy. Wow, we were wrong. Not only was the story extremely enjoyable and thoughtful, but the special effects were actually quite stunning as well - like when a tree lights on fire and reflects in color onto black and white objects. ...there's a reason it's at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A Touching, Realistic Portrayl of the Perfect Life

As you watch the movie, you really get a clear glimpse on what society would be like if we were to all live in the perfect world, with the perfect life. It really shows you the reality of how life would truly be. There would be no emotion, sense of knowledge, or sadness. Quite frankly, it would be as boring as you could get. No excitement. Just the same routine day after day. Honestly, it is a great movie, as you really watch it.

I like it

This movie gives you a warm feeling. It makes you think, and it makes you laugh. Pleasantville has a great cast and I really do recommend it.

Pleasantville (1998)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1998

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