David and his sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville." But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts Pleasantville's boring routine, she literally brings color into its life.
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- Gary Ross
- This movie is
- DVD and streaming
- 1999 Academy Award®
- Best Costume Design nominee
- Best Art Direction nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
PG-13Some thematic elements emphasizing sexuality, and for language
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; audio commentary; making-of featurette; photo gallery; cast and crew information; cast and crew interviews; additional featurettes.
Common Sense Note
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.
- Sexual Content
- Mostly we see flirting, kissing, and couples making out in cars, with perhaps some feet sticking out of a car window. (These teens are just becoming aware of sex.) A mom character masturbates in a bathtub and moans loudly. She is married, but begins an affair with another man; he paints her nude and displays the painting in his shop window. A character uses the word "slut" to describe herself. Overall, the movie manages to imply sex-on-the-brain without resorting to talk, such as showing the image of a double-bed in a store window, complete with a concerned crowd of onlookers outside.
- Intolerance leads to some angry, riotous behavior, including the smashing of windows, looting, and a fist fight. A bloody lip is visible.
- Language is somewhat strong, but isn't frequent. "F--k" is used once, and "s--t" can be heard a few times. The term "Jesus Christ" is frequently used. Words like "hell," "bitch," "goddamn," and "s--t" are occasionally audible.
- Social Behavior
- The series underscores the need for living life to the fullest, the beauty that comes with making individual choices, and about the importance of recognizing both the idyllic and the ugly in order to do so. Tolerance of change and of difference, marriage, and divorce are also themes.
- Logos like Buick and Cadillac visible on cars.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A teenager is shown smoking; a reference is made to "dying for a cigarette."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it