Licorice Pizza

7.22 h 13 min2021X-RayHDRUHDR
The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Alana HaimCooper HoffmanSean Penn
English [CC]
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3.6 out of 5 stars

6626 global ratings

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Denise GriewischReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
What's the fuss about this movie?
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I don't know what everyone is raving about this movie. It's supposd to capture this slive of American in the 1970s in this "dreamy quality". I have no idea wha this movie was about, but it sure as hell wasn't about the 1970s. I grew up in the 70s and nothing that happened in this movie was remotely like any experiences I ever had. And I had a helluva lot iof experiences in the 70s. I think people get all pumped up with this "king's new clothes" mentality when they think they're supposed to like movies because someone with some sort of cache in the industry says it's a great movie. It's not a great movie. It's odd. And unrelateable. And what the heck was the pajama party on stage in the begining about? It had no relevancy and I couldn't think of any kind of movie or show it might have been satirizing. The focus was so narrow, on this unlikely pairing of a 25-yr old woman and a 15 yr old guy (which, BTW is statutory rape and if the sexes were reversed, we'd be hearing all kinds of "me too" stuff about it), that it couldn't possibly encompass all the cultural icons of the seventies like movies like "Dazed and Confused" did so well. THAT movie was a slice of my teen years. Not worth the rental fee.
148 people found this helpful
Donna EganReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
An Oscar contender - I think not!!
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I’m not sure how this film received a best picture nomination. It is very slow, has little in the way of storyline, is unbelievable and it is creepy. How is a 15-year-old able to start up and run businesses without any adult supervision or interaction? A 24 or 28-year old woman being attracted to a 15-year-old boy who hasn’t finished puberty? Couldn’t she go to jail for that? What purpose does Sean Penn’s character serve? And Bradley Cooper’s - except maybe a way to weave big name stars into the script? Their appearances seem to be just thrown in without enhancing the plot. I do not remember a movie that I looked at the clock so often wishing for the end to come. Each year I watch all the Oscar contenders so I felt obligated to see this one through to the finish otherwise I would have given up in the first 20 minutes or so… Absolute rubbish and a complete waste of time and money.
98 people found this helpful
StephenReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
No plot
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We’re still confused what we just watched, movie was all over the place and made zero sense.
84 people found this helpful
Amanda RudnickiReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Someone must have blackmailed Hollywood to hype this movie
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What a bad movie. Terrible acting. An indie movie trying entirely too hard. I regret paying for this and regret not have zero stars to choose from. Yuck!
72 people found this helpful
hohojohannesReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Possible Classic
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I don't think I could properly review this film after only one viewing, but I can give some impressions I got from it. My boiled down quip would be this-- "Paul Thomas Anderson didn't make a movie set in the 70's, he made a 70's movie." This film is visually beautiful almost to the level of Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon". It is perfectly lit to reflect it's era. Also like the Kubrick classic, it is so authentic looking and perfectly cast that it seems as if the director filmed it in the time period it takes place in. It's an incredible movie. The story line seems to meander, but that only adds to the 70's nostalgia. It's a slice of life, splice of time type of story. I will be watching it again, and I am sure I will be discovering new and incredible things about it.
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KEITHReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
What Is The Meaning of The Important Thing?
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I have a love for the duo, the pair on screen. Their entwining, and my intrusion, my special interest. I'm standing on the outside-it's the three of us. The movie "Licorice Pizza" is the state of enrapture-by that 'thing'. 'The thing' is somewhere finessingly at work in the relationship between Gary Valentine, a fifteen year old aspiring star, and a young woman named Alana Kane. The two stand on opposite sides of a social boundary, a demarcation that on sight is unfair, but is wisely set. "Licorice Pizza" gives young and ardent hearts a gallant try at love. It's a great premise. The fantasy setting removes some of the institional obstacles away from Gary (played by Cooper Hoffman), so that, at fifteen years of age he is auditioning for a role in a film. He is also quite clever, robust, and well mannered.
The barriers to a lesser degree, are softened for Alana, who, at age twenty-five is a photographers assistant. On the sunlit walkway around Gary's highschool we meet Alana(played by Alana Haim) in a low cut white dress. Alana has a straight form, with dark hair running long behind her-for Gary it's classical beauty. Also, for Gary, forget it; a childlike, cushion backed tryst has been hewn, and will continue to tether these two; already in charge, the agent has a scheme and is jumping the ladder before Gary's and Alana's climbing start. One word about this overseer. It is an intrinsic momentum, like a warm waft of air, and it regulates omnipotently. As Gary travails, at the small stuff, as does too, Alana, by default this provider refurbishes hope and enthusiasm-when the two people it has appropriated come together.
Alana likes movies, and she's aware that Gary is fifteen, but Gary's wholesome excitement for success is inurring and she is not oblivious to Gary's unique hobbies and drives. This niavete allows Alana to be herself. Far from being a serious chap-she's devious in her hug fitting dress forms-Alana is the exalted counterpoint to Gary's bounty of hospitality. This 'fantasy' will compose malleable senses as Gary and Alana become friends, testing each others concepts and finally, going together to expos to sell waterbeds. Pinball games! What could be better than opening a Pinball arcade? It's only in ideas that Gary is incorrigible.
Later on in "Licorice Pizza", when Gary is smashing the windshield of a Ferrari, we realize that this is not what he has done to Alana's goodwill, or to her expectations. This is important. Alana is religious, and it is in a look, a brief close-up, that Alana stops a private talk, and says straight out-" I am Jewish". Here the tracery of a tradition has reported itself, and Alana and Gary are of different age groups, but in their lines and shadows could be seen as eccentric kids trying to be tenacious in a world spinning this fast. A great comfort though, when that thing, love or otherwise, is there. As tedious details keep one busy we're addressed not only in good feeling, but all our primal needs are attended to in fair measures.
There are many colorful, ominous, and archetypal characters directly and not so much so, connected to the story, and there are great cameos.
Sean Penn is an overriding presence as Jack Holden, a possible suitor to Alana. John C. Reilly appears in the movie very briefly as Herman Munster. Moving now, to the end, it becomes clear that grittiness is not only a sexual enticement, but is the unfortunate condition of those who are selectively eased into emotional commiseration. I was saying at the beginning of my review that being taken in by an innocent love story, so delicate and destructible, reminded me of Tennessee William's short story titled "The Important Thing". At the end of that tale, when some abrupt reality, some loneliness, isolated the two lovers-this was revealed, "The most imperfect part of her was the most pure". Having these moods blown through me from glimpses in books, and being a spectator to "Licorice Pizza", I ask myself-cause I want to know-What Is The Important Thing?
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R. G.Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Warning: This is a really stinker of a movie
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Stay away from this stinker of a film. The main characters are not fully developed as we know nothing about them or their backgrounds (they just appear out of nowhere) and why they fall in love with each other especially a 25 year old woman with a 15 year old boy. Can you imagine how outraged most people would be if it was a 25 year old man and a 15 year old girl? The plot of this stinker is still a mystery to me. As the two main characters go from job to job and somehow are successful at them for some reason. For some unexplained reason the female lead who is 25 years old lives with not only her parents but her older sisters in the same house. Why? I was 22 years old and living in the San Fernando Valley at this time and most people in their 20s like me lived in an apartment or rented house away from their parents. The gas crisis of the 1973 is also artificially put into this movie. Why do people keep running out of gas is a mystery. If gas was in short supply with long lines to the gas stations, then I would make sure I had gas in my vehicle by looking at the gas gauge....but for some mysterious reason no one looks at the gas gauge they just run out of gas. Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper have limited roles that are so artificial that it seems they just showed up and the screen writers quickly wrote parts for them. Even the trailer to this movie is misleading in what you see in the trailer either is not in the movie or appears at the end of movie when the credits roll. If it is a choice to watch wet paint dry and seeing this stinker of a movie again then I'd choose watching wet paint dry.
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MA StewartReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Had promise, but needed editing
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I'd read many great reviews about Licorice Pizza, and being a lover of independent films, I really wanted to see this one. It started off well, with quirky, interesting characters and a nice tone. I'm familiar with Paul Thomas Anderson and have enjoyed his previous films. This one had his slightly off-center, light, comic touch. The two leads, while new to acting, were mostly convincing and able to carry the big scenes adequately. All was going well, until about midway, when it became obvious the plot was meandering, and all we were seeing were scenes without a real narrative connecting anything. That's fine, if things stay interesting, but as the second half went on it just became more and more tedious. By the last 15 or so minutes, I kept wanting the film to wrap up--but on and on it went.

Too bad. Maybe with a firmer hand editing the slower, non-essential scenes, or having things build toward an ending rather than plodding along, this would have been a better film. As is, it's too long. I liked it somewhat, but could never sit through a second viewing.
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