An Honest Review

Pleasantville-An Honest Review

An honest, biased review of the 1998 comedy ‘Pleasantville’ starring Tobey Maguire

The 1998 dramedy was written directed by Gary Ross. It’s the story of David ( Tobey Maguire ) and his sister, Jennifer ( Reese Witherspoon ). Who get trapped inside an old TV sitcom, forced to play the main characters.

( Tobey Maguire ) Photo by gdcgraphics

Warning, Spoilers Ahead


( Reese Witherspoon ) Photo by Eva Rinaldi

After meeting a David Lynch-esque TV repairman, the siblings are transported into the black and white sitcom ‘Pleasantville’. David being an expert on the show, while Jennifer knows squat.

Both of them are high school students. David works at a diner, along with his older colleague, Bob ( Jeff Daniels ). Jennifer as far as i can tell, is an unemployed student.

( Jeff Daniels ) Photo by bloohimwhom

Everything looks ‘normal’. Everyone going by there day to day routines, doing the exact same thing, over and over again in a loop. UNTIL Witherspoon starts spicing things up. Flirting with Paul Walker, and saying things the local, TV censored folk would never be capable of knowing.

As a more moderinified world comes in, some of the townfolk start gaining color, while the rest remain in black and white. The town’s mayor, along with William H. Macy, are unpleased with this and set laws against the modernisation.

Tobey Maguire is taken to court. Who, with the power of his spider-senses, manages to converg the judge into a colored person. In the end, Maguire leaves to the real world, and Reese stays, stating everything’s better in pleasantville. The End.


Pleasantville was one of the most fun, and unique films I’ve seen in a long time. The concept alone being to die for. Top that with a great cast, and execution. You’ve got yourself an underrated classic waiting to be watched by millions.

From start to almost the finish, this film holds it’s own. Only complainz was that the ending was a TINY bit too slow, otherwise, it was pretty good. 8/10.

-The Screenwriter

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