History Film / Pleasantville

16th Aug '15 1:37:11 AM shinykittie
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Jennifer goes on a date with the town jock, who she quickly manipulates into having sex with her. This is PlayedForLaughs, though at the time, the boy had no idea what sex was (or for that matter, STD's or even pregnancy), was visibly freaked out, and even mistook his erection for an "illness." Had the sexes been reversed, the boy would have been vilified.
10th Aug '15 7:56:32 AM Steinman77
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* FisherKing / KeystoneArmy: The Mayor. [[spoiler: Once he experiences his moment of true anger in the courtroom, all of Pleasantville goes Technicolor. He's the only character we actually see change onscreen, incidentally.]]
9th Aug '15 7:34:37 PM Windrays
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* GoodParents: Betty and George; despite all the chaos happening, they both love "Bud" and "Mary Sue."

* GoodParents: Betty and George; despite all the chaos happening, they both love "Bud" and "Mary Sue."
9th Aug '15 7:33:04 PM Windrays
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* GoodParents: Betty and George; despite all the chaos happening, they both love "Bud" and "Mary Sue."
23rd Jul '15 9:44:05 PM BadSplice
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* AntiEscapismAesop: The film ends with the town being in color and learning to work with their problems.

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* TrappedInTVLand: How the film starts. [[GenreShift It's not necessarily how it ends, though.]]
23rd Jul '15 9:38:40 PM BadSplice
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For an oddly similar experience in book form, try ''Literature/TheGiver''.
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For an oddly similar experience in book form, try ''Literature/TheGiver''. ''Literature/TheGiver''. Also see ''Film/MidnightInParis'' for a similar story dealing with escapism.
19th Jul '15 10:30:23 PM Fireblood
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** One of them is then surprised to see water come from one of the hoses when David hitches it up, saying he ''always wondered at what they were for''.

* ChekhovsSkill: Bill's painting ability. [[spoiler:He and David paint a huge grafitti to provoke still-grey people into action. Ensuing process sparks the colour in all of them.]]
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* ChekhovsSkill: Bill's painting ability. [[spoiler:He and David paint a huge grafitti graffiti picture to provoke still-grey people into action. Ensuing The process sparks the colour color in all of them.]]

* CutAndPasteSuburb: The entire town of Pleasantville, with a generic city hall, one instance of each of a soda shop, a hat store, a general store, a clothing store, a fire station, a high school, a library, and a designated Lovers Lane.
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* CutAndPasteSuburb: The entire town of Pleasantville, with a generic city hall, one instance of each of a soda shop, a hat store, a general store, a clothing store, a fire station, a high school, a library, and a designated Lovers Lane.
25th Feb '15 4:05:52 PM AsForMyHandle
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A deliberately {{troperrific}} 1998 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire. Main characters Jennifer and David are a pair of siblings who, during an argument over who gets to use the big TV in the living room, wind up TrappedInTVLand due to a strange TV repairman and a stranger magical remote. Specifically, they wind up in ''Pleasantville'', an old black-and-white show portraying the stereotypical 1950s American suburb (along the lines of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' or ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'', but even more idealistic). David is thrilled because it's his favorite show; it is a happy world where nothing bad ever happens (as a contrast to David and Jennifer's unstable home life). Jennifer, being more of a party girl, finds Pleasantville incredibly dull and wants to liven the place up. Still, they both want to get home, and David wants to do so without upsetting the community -- but the repairman gets antsy and they're stuck.
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A deliberately {{troperrific}} 1998 movie starring Reese Witherspoon Creator/ReeseWitherspoon and Tobey Maguire.Creator/TobeyMaguire. Main characters Jennifer and David are a pair of siblings who, during an argument over who gets to use the big TV in the living room, wind up TrappedInTVLand due to a strange TV repairman and a stranger magical remote. Specifically, they wind up in ''Pleasantville'', an old black-and-white show portraying the stereotypical 1950s American suburb (along the lines of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' or ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'', but even more idealistic). David is thrilled because it's his favorite show; it is a happy world where nothing bad ever happens (as a contrast to David and Jennifer's unstable home life). Jennifer, being more of a party girl, finds Pleasantville incredibly dull and wants to liven the place up. Still, they both want to get home, and David wants to do so without upsetting the community -- but the repairman gets antsy and they're stuck.
24th Jan '15 9:21:32 AM DannWoolf
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Plesantville gradually reveals itself to be one. It looks bright and sunny (as bright as black and white can be) but everyone is either deeply repressed, very bigoted or in Bill's case, going through an existential crisis.
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Plesantville Pleasantville gradually reveals itself to be one. It looks bright and sunny (as bright as black and white can be) but everyone is either deeply repressed, very bigoted or in Bill's case, going through an existential crisis.
18th Nov '14 9:02:42 AM ThomasSmith
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** Margate, a gorgeous cheerleader baked cookies for her LoveInterest. Originally, it was Whitey, but she's charmed with David. She gives him cookies and it kicks off their romance.
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** Margate, Margaret, a gorgeous cheerleader baked cookies for her LoveInterest. Originally, it was Whitey, but she's charmed with David. She gives him cookies and it kicks off their romance.

* LoveItOrHateIt: This was one of the more controversial films of 1998, becoming something of a skirmish in the "culture war" that was raging in America at the time due to (among other things) President BillClinton's sexual dalliances and the increasing coarsening and edginess of American television, movies, and music (''SouthPark'', {{Eminem}}, etc.). Defenders of the film insisted that the 1950s were a horrible time, while detractors declared that they were a simpler, "innocent" time. Of course, [[TakeAThirdOption both interpretations are inaccurate]].
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