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Pizza (2005)

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43

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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audience

51

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 12,430

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Movie Info

This quirky comedy stars Kylie Sparks and Ethan Embry as misfits who bond during a one-night suburban odyssey. When nobody except her mom and imaginary friend show up at her 18th birthday bash, chubby Cara (Sparks) strikes up a conversation with philosophizing pizza deliveryman Matt Firenze (Embry) -- who invites her to tag along on his rounds. What ensues is a revelatory evening that gives Cara an education and forces Matt to face reality.

PG-13,

Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Special Interest

Mark Christopher

Oct 24, 2006

IFC Films

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9) | DVD (5)

It's Sparks (television's Complete Savages) and Embry (Can't Hardly Wait) who carry this dual coming-of-age tale with engaging, if often raw, performances.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A bittersweet, persuasively acted comedy whose tone recalls '80s teen films.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Among slacker comedies, Pizza is never much more than mildly amusing; it isn't as witty as Slacker or as uproarious as Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, but it's a keeper.

January 20, 2006
New York Post
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At the end of her spontaneous date, she says it's been the best night of her life. It will not be one of yours.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Thin, flavorless and heavily garnished with contrivance, this odd couple comedy serves up little but stale whimsy.

January 19, 2006
New York Times
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Forget 30-minute delivery -- this brand of indie quirkiness congealed in the late '90s.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Even performances, which could have provided spark, are wooden at best, unbelievable at worst.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Pizza will never be the Lou Malnati's deep dish of the independent film world, but its gentle pacing...makes this gem as comforting as mall pizza on a hungry day.

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The characters in this movie don't talk like real people; they all talk like overly clever screenwriters.

October 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Embry and first-time actress Sparks have charming chemistry, but Christopher's slight screenplay wears out its welcome long before the film -- which runs a scant 80 minutes -- is over.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If Pizza were an actual pizza, it would be half-pineapple, half-broccoli. At times, this coming-of-age comedy is quirkily saccharine, at others good-for-you sophistic.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There's a sharp and snappy tone to this irreverent comedy that keeps us laughing even though it's all a bit silly, really.

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Pizza

It was a cute, quirky movie. I enjoyed it. Way to "play" the guitar off-screen Ethan! They sure snuck a lot of "fucks" into this "PG-13" movie.
June 15, 2007
purplemegan

Super Reviewer

Cara-Ethel has to be one of the least appealing character names in film history and serves as a sad commentary on the lonely life this young girl leads. But Cara (Kylie Sparks) has spunk and wit and intelligence hiding in the unappealing body that nature has given her. Celebrating her eighteenth birthday with only her mom, and an imaginary friend, Cara strikes up a conversation with the pizza delivery guy and winds up spending an evening with Matt (Ethan Embry), riding around in his truck, talking and experiencing life. This was a tender story about a girl that seems to have developed a pretty healthy attitude despite her disadvantages. The actors really drew this viewer into the story and made us believe these two could actually be friends on the spur of the moment. What began as an act of pity, became a connection that benefited both characters. there were minor quibbles about a few of the choices that went into the setup and some of the supporting characters had little depth, but overall a production that kept it real.
February 21, 2011
Mark Abell

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