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FilmStubs: Pleasantville (1998)

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves transported to a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that colorless, complacent world. (PG-13, 124 min.)


Wednesday, July 12, 2023

7:00 PM

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In Gary Ross' daring modern fairy tale Pleasantville, an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies, and dangers of real life. In this fantastical adventure, two late 20th Century teenagers (Maguire, Witherspoon) accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white 50's utopia -- and set off a revolution. [New Line Cinema]

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
Director: Gary Ross
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

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"An ingenious fantasy."

— Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"Magical, visually exciting & affecting."

— Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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

— James Berardinelli, ReelView

"This uncommonly clever, surprisingly poignant fairy tale packs a social wallop that we're not quite prepared for."

— Bill Gallo, Dallas Observer

"Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, Pleasantville is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable."

— Joe Leydon, Variety

"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."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times