David (Tobey Maguire) and his sister Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) are living a depressing existence with their angrily divorced mother. David is obsessed by a re-run 1950's sitcom called Pleasantville. While waiting for a one day marathon of the show to start, the remote is accidentally broken - just as a strange TV repairman (Don Knotts) appears at the door. Through his new "remote" David and Jennifer are transported into Pleasantville itself as Bud and Mary Sue Parker, the children of George (William H. Macy) and Betty (Joan Allen). They find a black-and-white world where the weather is always perfect, the roads go nowhere, there are no toilets and sex is unknown. But with the arrival of the newcomers changes start to occur, not least in the straight-laced diner owner, Mr. Johnson (Jeff Daniels).
 

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Two 1990\'s teenagers find themselves trapped in the world of a 1950\'s sitcom.

Pleasantville is the directorial debut of Gary Ross who wrote Big and Dave, and like those two films Pleasantville has central characters transplanted from their normal lives into something extraordinary. Jennifer and David are squabbling siblings of the 90`s who via the machinations of TV repairman Don Knotts find themselves living in David`s favourite 50`s black and white sitcom Pleasantville. They become Mary Sue and Bud, to Father William H. Macy and Mom (Joan Allen). Pleasantville is squeaky clean, there are no toilets, there`s no sex, it doesn`t rain and every basketball shot scores. Mary Sue is horrified - We`re supposed to be in colour`, she says, we`re like stuck in Nerdville.` And then she proceeds to undermine this new world, with David frantically trying to maintain the way things are supposed to be in this all-american town...This is such a clever film. It`s so original in the way it confronts the confusion of living in the 90`s in a fractured family in a scary, dangerous world with the order of the way we think it used to be. This seemingly serene life of so long ago has hidden frustrations and it only takes the efforts of Mary Sue to uncover a lot of them. The performances are just wonderful in this very satisfying film experience...

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2 hours 4 min
Mon, 06/01/2009 - 11

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