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* FantasticRacism: Newly technicolorized people are referred to as "colored", a slur used mainly against blacks (or anyone who isn't white). Ironically, said "colored" characters are still white.

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* FantasticRacism: Newly technicolorized people are referred to as "colored", a slur used mainly against blacks (or anyone who isn't white).or non-whites. Ironically, said "colored" characters are still white.



* LiteralMetaphor: Pleasantville residents become colorized when they act as who they really are. In other words, they're literally showing their "true colors".

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* LiteralMetaphor: Pleasantville residents become colorized when the moment they act as show who they really are. are or act on what they truly feel. In other words, they're literally showing their "true colors".

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* GardenOfEden: The film utilizes Adam-and-Eve/Eden symbolism a couple times. The titular location is an innocent 1950's town that loses its innocence; in one scene, Margaret tempts Bud into eating a red apple, alluding to the myth.


* MeaningfulName: What's the name of the sweet, perfect girl in ''Pleasantville''? MarySue.

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* MeaningfulName: What's the name of the sweet, perfect girl in ''Pleasantville''? MarySue.{{Mary|Sue}} [[InvokedTrope Sue]].


* AnAesop: Life isn't perfect, but there's always a way to deal with it.

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* AnAesop: Life isn't is not perfect, but there's always a way to deal with it.



* AutoErotica: What mainly goes down at Lovers Lane, and seen (or rather, heard) firsthand between Jennifer and Skip at that location.

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* AutoErotica: What mainly goes down at Lovers Lovers' Lane, and seen (or rather, heard) firsthand between Jennifer and Skip at that location.



* BlankBook: The entire library in Pleasantville is completely blank -- nobody ever read on the show, after all. Once changes begin occurring in the town, the books start to get filled.

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* BlankBook: The entire library in Pleasantville is completely blank -- nobody ever read on the show, after all. Once David & Jennifer recall the plots to the teenagers and further changes begin occurring in the town, the books start to get filled.



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

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



* DeadTVRemoteGag: David and Jennifer break their remote and can't interact with the television (due to it being very new and lacking any buttons and knobs), leading the magic TV repairman to come to the door and give them a new remote that sends the siblings to Pleasantville, kick-starting the plot. {{Lampshaded}} by Jennifer, only for David to remark that the TV set is new enough that it doesn't work without a remote.

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* DeadTVRemoteGag: David and Jennifer break their remote and can't interact with the television (due to it being very new and lacking any buttons and knobs), knobs--[[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Jennifer), leading the magic TV repairman to come to the door and give them a new remote that sends the siblings to Pleasantville, kick-starting the plot. {{Lampshaded}} by Jennifer, only for David to remark that the TV set is new enough that it doesn't work without a remote.plot.



** The scene where Bud and his girlfriend are in Lover's Lane. She tempts him into eating a red apple. Now what [[Literature/TheBible biblical story]] involves eating a certain Forbidden Fruit?

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** The scene where Bud and his girlfriend Margaret are in Lover's Lovers' Lane. She tempts him into eating a red apple. Now what [[Literature/TheBible biblical story]] involves eating a woman handing a man a certain Forbidden Fruit?



* LoveEpiphany: David gets George to realize exactly why he misses Betty, and it's not for the cooking and cleaning she does.

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* LoveEpiphany: David gets George to realize exactly why he misses Betty, and Betty--and it's not for the cooking and cleaning she does.



* MonochromeToColor: The film has the two main characters Jennifer and David TrappedInTVLand in the world of a black and white TV show called Pleasantville. As they interact more with that world and cause the people in it to act more individualistic like people in the real world it gains more and more people and objects with [[SplashOfColor Splashes Of Color]], until by the end of the movie the world of Pleasantville is fully color just like the real world.

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* MonochromeToColor: The film has the two main characters Jennifer and David TrappedInTVLand in the world of a black and white TV show called Pleasantville. ''Pleasantville.'' As they interact more with that world and cause the people in it to act more individualistic like people in the real world it gains more and more people and objects with [[SplashOfColor Splashes Of Color]], until by the end of the movie the world of Pleasantville is fully color just like the real world.



* SexlessMarriage: All of the marriages in Pleasantville, at least until the protagonists start shaking things up.

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* SexlessMarriage: All of the marriages in Pleasantville, at least until the protagonists start shaking things up.up and double mattresses appear at the furniture store.


* CulturePolice: Utilized as the presence of two kids from the real world starts making a small town from a sitcom set in an idealized version of TheFifties more and more real. One particularly [[{{Anvilicious}} non-subtle]] scene visually features an angry mob breaking into a store and tearing paintings apart -- then moving on to burn books. The town establishes a Code of Conduct prohibiting all recorded music except "Pat Boone, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Jack Jones, the marches of John Philip Sousa or 'The Star Spangled Banner'."

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* CulturePolice: Utilized as the presence of two kids from the real world starts making a small town from a sitcom set in an idealized version of TheFifties more and more real. One particularly [[{{Anvilicious}} non-subtle]] non-subtle scene visually features an angry mob breaking into a store and tearing paintings apart -- then moving on to burn books. The town establishes a Code of Conduct prohibiting all recorded music except "Pat Boone, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Jack Jones, the marches of John Philip Sousa or 'The Star Spangled Banner'."


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* CharacterDevelopment: David starts out the film as an introverted loner who thinks of the show as escapism. Halfway through the film, he begins to display more assertive leader traits and earns his color by punching out a thug who was attacking his TV mom. Likewise, Jennifer starts as a shallow, slutty fashionista whose original intent is to shake things up, but when given a fresh start, she realizes the value of education and earns her color by breaking a date to study.

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* CharacterDevelopment: David starts out the film as an introverted loner who thinks of the show as escapism. Halfway through the film, he begins to display more assertive leader traits and earns his color by punching out a thug who was attacking his TV mom. Likewise, Jennifer starts as a shallow, slutty promiscuous fashionista whose original intent is to shake things up, but when given a fresh start, she realizes the value of education and earns her color by breaking a date to study.


* FantasticRacism: Newly colorized people are referred to as "colored", the same term commonly used in the United States towards African-Americans wherever there was racial segregation. Ironically, said "colored" characters are white.

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* FantasticRacism: Newly colorized technicolorized people are referred to as "colored", the same term commonly a slur used in the United States towards African-Americans wherever there was racial segregation. mainly against blacks (or anyone who isn't white). Ironically, said "colored" characters are still white.


* FantasticRacism: Newly colorized people are referred to as "colored", the same term commonly used in United States towards African-Americans where racial segregation occurred. The irony being that said "colored" characters are still white.

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* FantasticRacism: Newly colorized people are referred to as "colored", the same term commonly used in the United States towards African-Americans where wherever there was racial segregation occurred. The irony being that segregation. Ironically, said "colored" characters are still white.



* HumansAreWhite: Not a single ethnic minority resident in Pleasantville.

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* HumansAreWhite: Not a single ethnic minority resident in Pleasantville. Not one.



* YearInsideHourOutside: A week in Pleasantville is half an hour in the real world.

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* YearInsideHourOutside: A week in Pleasantville ''Pleasantville'' is half an hour in the real world.
world presumably, because many TV sitcom episodes are 30 minutes in length and are usually broadcast a week apart. The ''Pleasantville'' episodes, however, are shown here in a marathon.


* MaybeEverAfter: The film ends with [[spoiler:Betty and Bill sitting on a bench, completely uncertain of what the future holds for them for the first time in their lives.]]

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* MaybeEverAfter: The film ends with [[spoiler:Betty and Bill sitting on a bench, completely uncertain of what the future holds for them for the first time in their lives.]] [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil This scene is used near the end of the trailer.]]]]


*** One of the sort of villains of the show is pointedly nick named "Whitey"


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** One of the bad guys in the show is nicknamed "Whitey" to emphasize the race allegory of the film, for those few that were still unaware of it despite the "No Coloreds" sign.

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*** One of the sort of villains of the show is pointedly nick named "Whitey"



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* AnAesop: Life isn't perfect, but there's always a way to deal with it.

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* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: Bill wiping down the soda shop's countertop in his introductory scene. He'd been at it so long that he had worn down the vinyl into a circular smear.

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* MaybeEverAfter: The film ends with [[spoiler:Betty and Bill sitting on a bench, completely uncertain of what the future holds for them for the first time in their lives.]]

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