Friday, September 21, 2012

Movie of the Weekend

Looking for a good movie to rent this weekend? Head on over to the Teen Video Area and check out Pleasantville (PG-13, 2000), starring Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire.

Teenage siblings Jennifer and David can't agree on anything--least of all what to watch on TV. Then, one stormy night, a magical remote control transports them into David's favorite 1950s-era TV show, Pleasantville. Jen and David find themselves cast in the starring roles of this black and white series about life in a Utopian small town where everyone is happy, it never rains, and firemen spend their days rescuing cats from trees (because, of course, there are no fires). Despite trying to "play along" until they can find a way home, these modern teens inevitably have an effect on Pleasantville and its people. These changes are shown by the increasing apparences of color. Soon Jen and David find themselves in the middle of a social and political revolution that will forever change the town and its citizens. But is this change for the worse or for the better? You decide.

This one feels a bit dated (check out the lack of cell phones and the old-school TV that's supposed to be modern), but it's still a good movie. If you're into dystopian stories, or of you just like movies that are a bit different, Pleasantville is a great choice! --AJB

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