Fortunately, this is a world that David is conversant with and knows it only too well, he is a TV trivia expert. To his sister Jennifer, this world is a mystery, so he updates her, they are now christened the names Bud and Mary Sue and their parents are Betty and George Parker.
The film conjures the black-and-white 1950s sitcom world which is adorned with picket fences and bobby sox, a world where everyone is white and middle class, in employment, sleeps in twin beds, not ever has used the toilet and follows an identical script cheerfully every day. As we watch the people of Pleasantville cling to their façade of innocence, we both envy and pity them. We realize that their innocence is due to their lack of basic adult knowledge, especially in sexual matters. When Mary Sue, begins to kiss her boyfriend, he suddenly looks terrified, stares at his lap and says, “I’m sick something is wrong with me. What’s happening?” Mary Sue who knows a little more about such things, smiles and says,” what is happening is what is supposed to happen. It’s a good thing. You’ll see!”
The life in Pleasantville is boring in the eyes of Mary Sue and Bud. The Geography curriculum in the local high school is reduced to subjects like “Main Street” and “Elm Street” because the world of Pleasantville literally winds up at the city limits. Space spirals back upon itself in Pleasantville and “the end of Main street is just the beginning again.” Life always goes as is planned.
The first social norm of the movie, is before the teens windup in Pleasantville, is right at the beginning of the movie where the father, played by William H. Macey, works all day to bring in the money and comes home to a home cooked meal by his wife, played by Joan Allen, whom stays home to cook, clean, and tend to the kids amongst other domestic duties. The children do show respect for their parents without any complaint. This seems too good to be true. It is