Movies: Pleasantville
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. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements emphasizing sexuality, and for language.
Cast: William H. Macy, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Reese Witherspoon
Produced by: Jon Kilik, Gary Ross
Directed by: Gary Ross
Written by: Gary Ross
Running time: 2hr 4min
Opens: Oct 23, 1998
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