Once Upon A Time ~ Up until now, things have always been pleasant. Somewhere mid-film, the diner worker, burger fryer who loves art glows at the infentesimal awe of each color upon the page of the artbook teenager Bud brings him. I’ll never be able to do that, the man says. He loves art, and he wants to paint. But no one in Pleasantville has ever even had a book like that before. “You’re reading?” Bud is surprised to say the least by the advance of his near age teenage sister. D.H. Lawrence. The book represents knowledge and understanding. Look deeper and understand the real meaning of songs such as, “At last, my love has come along. My heart was wrapped up in clover, the night I looked at you…I found a dream that I could speak to, press my cheek to.” The kids (teens) get a week or two to cop a change of attitude. Don Knotts is very disturbed about the general lack of appreciation they show him, for all he has done for them. Despite the threat of the husband, his wife goes outside wearing make-up. Released in the United States by New Line Cinema through Warner Brothers, the film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and Reese Witherspoon, with Don Knotts, Paul Walker, not long out of homelessness at the time of the acceptance of this role and Jane Kaczmarek in supporting roles. Traditional norms, once accepted unquestionably such as, “You can’t win em all.” Slowly but surely, the appearance of colors such as the antique green of immediate post-war, depression days explored by a classic television show begin to emerge. “It can’t be possible,” ascertains Bud. But it is true. If you ever wondered what you would look like stuck inside of a black and white television show, now is the time. Com’n kids, you’re not going off to school without a hot breakfast inside of you. Forward march. “I just love you in that sweater, Mary Sue.” “Thanks,” whispers Mary Sue, barely speaking. Mother assures her suddenly quiet, perfectly, well-behaved darlings all is well. A big, beautiful television set puts the teenagers of this town right on location. “Oh my God. Don’t say anything. Just don’t say anything,” said the friend of Reese Witherspoon (Mary Sue), who plays the teen sister of Bud Parker. Ironic, the teenagers don’t seem to understand that they already stood still. So saying or not doing anything in Pleasantville, small town U.S.A. works well…until the day the town loses all semblence of color forever. “We’ll getcha fixed up in no time,” comforts repairman Don Knotts, of former Andy of Mayberry (The Andy Griffith Show) & North Carolina state, fame. Despairing of the lost boyfriend, Skip Martin of the basketball team, on the show, loves her. “Can we do any better?” She inquires about her three new 1950’s high school friends. From her high school of rap, barely no communication, grunts and groans which once served as a way of teen talk to each other, the new high school and home of the Pleasantville Lions, offers quite a bit more in the way of gentle speak. At the basketball court, Bud has his own challenges or lack of them. No matter what he does, or where he throws the ball, the contraption doubles back and goes straight down hoop side. Luckily, he knows the episode. Bigger problems acoust after David (Bud) departs script side and advises the beau of Jen (Mary Sue), Skip Martin of his off-beat timing for offering his sister his pin and sweater at that moment. His ball bounces out and everyone stares. One stray off the beaten path of the crowd here, may mean throwing their whole universe off. A film which explores definite time frame scenario as the situation appeals to real life as reflected by a certain standard, the psychological ability of teenagers to adapt, as displayed by Mary Sue who recants on a salad for a cheeseburger. “There’s kids that are already holding hands,” her new 50’s boyfriend presents. Just don’t want to move too fast. In fact, Bud, gets presented a number of different challenges around him, and as all things Pleasantville, go down a flowery road which twists and turns at every change. The new boyfriend of Jen (Mary Sue) sees a red rose (in color) laying upon her mailbox. David freaks out at the potential of the ramification of time change upon the general chasm of socio-acceptable behavior, minced. Rated R.