Pleasantville | Full Movie

Pleasantville
  • PG-13
  • 2h 3m
  • 1998
Certified Fresh85%
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In this modern fairy tale 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh85%
Critics Consensus: Filled with lighthearted humor, timely social commentary, and dazzling visuals, Pleasantville is an artful blend of subversive satire and well-executed Hollywood formula.
Reviews
Variety
Joe Leydon
Fresh

Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and sur...

January 29, 2019
Time Out
Derek Adams
Fresh

An ingenious fable, screenwriter Ross's directorial debut playfully spoofs the small-minded lifest...

June 21, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Jeff Strickler
Fresh

The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s...

June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen
Fresh

Endearing it definitely is, so much so that it's easy to overlook the simplicity, and the sly conf...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Thought-provoking look at past and present teen life.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pleasantville contains lots of messages about living life to the fullest, the need for passion, and the courage to accept change. Sexual situations are frequent (including some loud moaning and paintings of nude figures), but a fair share of the references will go over young kids' heads. The term "Jesus Christ" is audible; words like "hell," "bitch," "s--t," and "f--k" are used a few times, too. Intolerant behavior leads to some riotous behavior (and a bloody lip). Teen smoking is briefly visible. All this being said, the main teen characters are strong and become positive role models.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy, Cult, Satire & Spoofs
  • Release Date:October 1, 1998
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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