Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant
TV-14 | 19 January 2005 (USA)
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    Pacionsbo

    Absolutely Fantastic

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    Megamind

    To all those who have watched it: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

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    Mandeep Tyson

    The acting in this movie is really good.

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    Philippa

    All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.

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    smallrage1

    It so typical of FOX to cancel good shows and keep the bad ones and any network that is syndicated such as NBC, CBS and especially CBS who is losing the the syndication rating wars followed closely by FOX.FOX let a good show like this over American Dad, Don't Forget the Lyrics, King of the Hill and other trash in there line up and axed this great show give me a break. The kicker is a similar show call supernatural which is based on the same principal is a smash hit but it took a few seasons before it really took off. Which goes to show you that Fox axed this show far too soon.Let's face it folks the world was ready for a show like this because TV has become so dull with the shove down your throats reality TV that anything that is different from that genre is a welcome event. If FOX actually cared for it's views it would of brought it back seeing the huge campaign that was started yet there response was to give us are you smarter than a fifth grader. If anything the people running syndication TV aren't smarter than a fifth grader. So please if anyone at FOX reads this listen to what the viewers want and give up reality TV it time has come and gone for good.

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    disdressed12

    i really wish Point Pleasant had been given more of a chance to find an audience.while i do believe it was a bit slow for the first few episodes, i think it picked up considerably as it went along.and the last four or five episodes especially,i found quite compelling and fraught with tension.the last episode was a real nail biter of a cliffhanger ending(if that makes any sense,and if the show had picked up from that point,i think it would have found an audience.as it is,it only lasted 13 episodes.one minor annoyance for me,was that i felt the acting was not always as good as i'd hoped,but that too improved as the series went along.all in all,i found it worth watching and would recommend it to others.7/10

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    skooshie

    I wonder why it is here in America that when ever we get a decent show the idiot networks cancel it. Everything from Harsh Realm to American Gothic. Shows that are witty and well written and you actually enjoy watching. Instead we get the Americanized versions of reality shows (and yes the European versions are usually a whole lot better). This show was in now way perfect but was moving along at a very nice pace and could have been really good if they had just finished it. I do not understand why corporate execs think that we here in this country can not think on our own and when we finally get a show that might be even the tiniest smidgen of controversial (especially with religious overtones) the networks yank it. I understand the this is a Christian (haha) country but gives us a break. Those of us that actually like to keep an open mind do not seem to get a break from the rest of the country. PLEASE Give us good TV for a change.

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    liquidcelluloid-1

    Network: Fox; Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Teen, Guilty Pleasure; Content Rating: TV-14 (violence, language, frightening imagery, strong sexual content); Available: DVD; Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);Seasons Reviewed: Complete Series (1 season)One day, off the coast of the sleepy north eastern beach community Point Pleasant, a beautiful, blonde teenage girl named Christina is dumped in the ocean and washes up on shore where she is promptly taken in by the mired-in-tragedy Kramer family – father Ben (Richard Burgi, "24"), mother Meg (Susan Walters, "Seinfeld") and Christina's adopted sister Judy (Aubrey Dollar, "Dawson's Creek"). Christina (Elizabeth Harnois), learns that she has powers to make bad things happen to those who anger her and struggles to keep it under control. Meanwhile a young priest, Father Tomas (Marcus Coloma), has ideas about who she is and a mysterious man, Boyd (Grant Show, with the charismatic bad guy role down to a T), comes to town, manipulating the residents. The apocalypse is coming, Point Pleasant is Christina's training ground and three local families have a role to play in it. Legend has it that Fox canceled the original, far more promising "Tru Calling" to put "Point Pleasant" in its spot without first taking "Pleasant" out for a test drive with the viewers. They thought that creator Marti Noxon's Gothic teen drama, with its beach setting and bathing-suit clad teens, was a good match with "The O.C.". And yes, for long stretches of "Pleasant" you might as well be watching "The O.C." or "General Hospital" with all the soap opera moments and pointless tangential stories that are thrown in here. Noxon doesn't seem to think that a story about the Antichrist and impending apocalypse is strong enough to fill an hour so Dina Myer is there as the washed-up high school babe trying to steal Ben away from his possibly insane wife and Cameron Richardson is vowing revenge for Christina stealing her boyfriend, Jesse. But I'm getting ahead of myself. "Pleasant" takes a frustratingly long time to finally articulate itself. The characters talk in half sentences in an artificial effort to stretch out the story. The word "devil" isn't uttered until 6 or 7 episodes in and when such revelations are made, the audience is already way ahead of it. Christina has "the mark" on her eye, which is designed like a Bio-Hazard symbol. "We all have a role to play in this", says Jesse's religious-minded mother. That perfectly describes the characters in "Pleasant" and the show's biggest problem. My philosophy is that characters are even more important than an intriguing story. We will follow just about any story if we love the characters first, but a cleverly unfolded story means nothing if it isn't happening to people we care about. "Pleasant's" characters are not free-standing. They are simply playing roles. One-dimensional wheels to spout stiff expository dialog and move the story forward. Now, the premise is deceptively intriguing. While the idea of a demon child appearing in the form of a beautiful girl is not necessarily new, I like that "Pleasant" centers around a main character that we are not sure will end up being a force of good or evil. But the price of this mystery is that we are kept at arms length from our most interesting character. It deserves to be said that the show is very well made. It looks good and resists the expected MTV editing style. The visual effects are finely woven in - like a bit where Christina makes Ben attack someone with a tire iron from a closed trunk. Danny Elfman can add this theme to his catalog of catchy scores. It is easily the best part of the series, where the in-show music by Robert Duncan reverts back to a familiar Stephen King TV-movie score. It is junk horror. As the show goes on, the teens get off the beach, put their clothes on and the Gothic elements begin to take the show to its rousing finale. It also gets a quirky streak. Two teenage girls tie up a demon with a bunch of belts, Ben gets a mysterious tape that he destroys over and over and Boyd's scheming ex-girlfriend is brought back from the dead only to be handcuffed to a chair in his house. Before it is over Harnois finally gets a chance to shed the whiny girl character, she's been trapped behind up until then, and wear the hat of pure evil. She shows she is able to carry the show, has a blast doing it and it is only then when "Pleasant" becomes completely engaging to watch. For what its worth, the show pulls out all the stops in the end. "Let the War Commence", the finale boisterous hour and its set-up, takes a wild "Beetlejuice" turn, all the strands come together nicely, the battle between good and evil is waged and the personal loss of a child by the Kramer family is paid off in a macabre joke. By the end of the first season the show has written itself into a corner. Characters are left open ended, to fight again, but Christina's journey in Point Pleasant seems to be over. Despite the last second stunts that keep the show from putting us to sleep, I can't imagine where it would go from here. * ½ / 4

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