Pizza (2005)

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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.
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PG-13
Genre:
Comedy
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Studio:
IFC Films

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Cast

Ethan Embry
as Matt Firenze
Kylie Sparks
as Cara-Ethyl
Julie Hagerty
as Darlene
Mary Birdsong
as Siobahn
Marylouise Burke
as Aunt Grandma
Richard Easton
as Mr. Mitchell
Miriam Shor
as Vanessa
Jessica Dunphy
as Desiree
Cameron Boyd
as Palazzo Worker
Con Horgan
as Siobahn's Husband
Chris Spain
as Tyler
Cara Hoppes McCulley
as Pizza House Waitress
Julia Kay
as Gina Morrissey
Nikki M. James
as April Snow
Max Ligosh
as Gina's Boyfriend
Tyler Tooley
as Pre-Teen No. 1
Hannah Saltzman
as Pre-Teen No. 2
Cosmo Inserra
as Naked Roommate
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Critic Reviews for Pizza

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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
Seattle Times
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A bittersweet, persuasively acted comedy whose tone recalls '80s teen films.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
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
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
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Pizza

Not far from being one of the worst movies I've seen, but not completely without entertainment as I did get some laughs over how bad it was. (First and only viewing - In my early twenties)

Adam R
Adam R
½

Shit. Could be a good story about a do-nothing 30-something liberal and an fat 18 y.o girl, but it wasnt.

D M
D M

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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