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The film Pleasantville portrays the changes that have occurred in American society over the past 50 years The movie describes changes in sexual relations violence and family matters and roles Viewers are shown how the racial and sexual equality began It shows there is no perfect way of life The movie depicts the on-going changes in the lifestyles of the American people The film begins with David a dorky teenager and his popular twin sister Jennifer David is obsessed with the 50s television show Pleasantville which describes the perfect family life that David dreams of Meanwhile Jennifer is busy with boys smoking and being rebellious Despite these differences they both are thrown into a very different but seemingly perfect world They become Bud and Mary Sue Parker the children of Betty and George Parker the family in the television show While in Pleasantville they cause a major commotion for the citizens that leads to a change of view in them as well as the people of Pleasantville This change brought about by David and Jennifer is a result of the citizens opening up to new beliefs and emotions that had been hidden inside of them for so long At first these changing views were not accepted because the citizens were fearful of things that were unknown to them or otherwise labeled as unpleasant they then realize they can have a higher quality of life if they accept the change This is shown in the end of the film when they were able to travel outside of Pleasantville and see the world as well as have many other experiences that may not have had otherwise The changes that are described in Pleasantville are very apparent to the viewer The first of these is the change in sexual relations At first women were very limited and their basic role was to keep the home in order by cooking cleaning and taking care of the family then
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