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Licorice Pizza

Country: United States, Language: English, 133 mins

  • 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

CGiii Comment

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'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!


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Will Angarola (as Kirk)
Griff Giacchino (as Mark)
James Kelley (as Tim)
Cooper Hoffman (as Gary)
Alana Haim (as Alana)
Dexter Demme (as Cherry Bomb Kid)
River Cornwell (as Cherry Bomb Kid)
Harrison Bray (as Cherry Bomb Kid)
Sasha Spielberg (as Tiny Toes Girl)
Karissa Reynafarje (as Tiny Toes Girl)
Savannah Ioakimedes (as Tiny Toes Girl)
Dorie Samovitz (as Tiny Toes Girl)
Anna Cordell (as Tiny Toes Girl)
Adam Somner (as Tiny Toes Photographer)
Joshua Carl Allen (as Tiny Toes Photographer (as Joshua Allen))
Patrick Hoelck (as Tiny Toes Photographer (as Pat Hoelck))
Collin Sutton (as Tiny Toes Photographer (as Colin Sutton))
Lucia Angarola (as Grant High School Student)
Lola Brown (as Grant High School Student)
Nancy Cornwell (as Grant High School Student)
Harry Fincher (as Grant High School Student)
Laura Gary (as Grant High School Student)
Julie Goldklang (as Grant High School Student)
Ava Gosselaar (as Grant High School Student)
Lila Kay (as Grant High School Student)