- Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Daniel Lupi, Susan McNamara, Sara Murphy, JoAnne Sellar, Adam Somner
Could someone please explain why this nepotistic nonsense was nominated for 3 Oscars!?!
A precocious 15 year old boy falls for a desperate 25 year old woman...he wants her, she doesn't want him...then, she wants him and he doesn't want her. During all these on/off shenanigans...the boy, a former child star, becomes a water-bed salesman and a pinball impresario. Yes, it's the stuff that great comedies are made of! Duh!
Littered with A-List cameos, aka cronyism....Licorice Pizza fails to deliver anything that could be classed as entertainment. For a comedy, it's just not funny. For a drama, waterbeds and pinball don't do it...and, as for a romance, bearing in mind that at 15, he is under the age of consent...it's dull.
It seems that any whimsey Paul Thomas Anderson had...he threw at the screen. The [unnecessary] gay story, near the end, is testament to that whimsey.
Rather than being an Oscar-nominated classic, Licorice Pizza will be remembered as a whimsical indulgence that managed to get Academy paise and nominations, on the basis of Paul Thomas Anderson's likability and employer-ability...shame he didn't manage to put any of that likability onto the screen. No guesses as to who will be in his next film!
LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.