Pleasantville Parent Guide
While Ross's movie is skillfully constructed and technically creative, his argument is faulty.
Parent Movie Review
Pleasantville’s beginning minutes include three scenes taking place in a high school classroom where students are told of increased competition for jobs, increased global warming, and the increased chance of encountering HIV in a non-monogynous relationship. Obviously Pleasantville’s creator, Gary Ross, is aware of our world’s problems—which leaves me confused as to his intentions.
As change comes to Pleasantville, the characters begin to burst into color. Although we are told it’s acceptance of change and not sex that causes this metamorphosis, creator Gary Ross dwells mainly on the liberalization of sexual attitudes. Even Jennifer, who only becomes “colored” when she learns to enjoy reading, selects the controversial Lady Chatterley’s Lover as her first book. “It’s sexy,” she says.
Updated July 12, 2016