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Description of Film:  This film provides an interesting and very different take on difference and change. Pleasantville itself is sitcom set in the 1950s. The city and the people in it are portrayed in black and white. Everyone is always happy and pleasant; the weather is always nice and pleasant. Everything is always right; nothing ever goes wrong. One evening during a sibling argument over the remote control, two teenagers are transported to the other side of the TV screen, into Pleasantville. David (Tobey Maquire, Spiderman, Seabiscuit, The Cider House Rules) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama) introduce Pleasantville to new ideas and concepts that the residents had never once considered. When people start acting differently, the city starts to change. For example, the basketball team doesn’t make every shot and teenagers start making out. As people begin to think for themselves, they accept change and embrace it. When this occurs, the black and white residents of Pleasantville turn into Technicolor. The Technicolor people are ridiculed and belittled by the old black and white residents. When David and Jennifer leave Pleasantville, the citizens live in the real world like everyone else. In this world, everything isn’t perfect and you don’t know what is going to happen next. Change just becomes a part of life.  

The film was directed and written by Gary Ross who also directed Seabiscuit. The film was nominated for 3 Oscars and several other awards. 

Why I Recommend This Film:  When it comes down to it, this movie contains a positive, lighthearted message. The film reveals many truths about society. I liked the movie because you were able to step outside of reality and see discrimination and go ‘dang that is so silly, why dislike them for that?!’ Change is feared by many. A lot of people can’t and aren’t willing to accept things they know nothing about. This was a great movie that will put a smile on your face. It deals with prejudice and oppression in a different light. 

Why This is Film Important:  As the town people started changing colors they were oppressed by the oldies. They were discriminated and ridiculed because they were different. Change is permanent. There are more than a few people who don’t agree with premarital sex, but people do it. There are some people who don’t agree with women working and man staying home but those couples are out there. You can not do anything about the differences in the world or about the change that occurs, it will happen like it or not. The message: Embrace Change, good or bad, it’ll occur anyways. 

Favorite Quotation:
Pleasantville Weathercaster: “Today’s high is 72, Low of 72 and not a cloud in sight.”
When “reality” came to Pleasantville and it started to rain, people were afraid. They didn’t know what rain was. This shows how comfortable people can be with “the norm.” When something new comes their way, they don’t know how to take it. In our society, change happens rapidly, so fast that some people do not know how to react. Therefore, they just reject change. However, after awhile, even the residents of Pleasantville saw the beauty in the rain.


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