Mystic Pizza (1988)
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Thanks to sensitive direction by Petrie, the result is a thoroughly involving movie that doesn't resort to violence, sex or schmaltz to pack an emotional punch.
Though in essence this is little more than a girls' romance novel brought to life, it has been filled with heart and humor.
You get the general sense that the actors -- particularly Annabeth Gish and, though he is hardly featured, D'Onofrio (who was last seen as the troubled recruit in "Full Metal Jacket") -- are better than their material, but this is scant compensation.
"Mystic Pizza" does create the feeling of a small resort town and the people who live there and, amazingly, given the familiar nature of a lot of the material, it nearly always keeps us interested.
Audience Reviews for Mystic Pizza
One summer in the lives of three young women who work as waitresses at Mystic Pizza - the local small-town pizza place. This movie delves into class distinction and work ethic and getting out of Mystic.
Three women deal with relationships in small town Connecticut. The performances by the three female leads are all quite strong, but they're strong in a cliched American way; American cinema often asks its leading ladies to be charming, upbeat, and beautiful, without much depth or sincerity, and the leads of Mystic Pizza follow this tradition, smiling and laughing in a light-hearted, cheeky way throughout the soap operatic plot. The one highlight is Lili Taylor's performance, whose monologue after she "breaks up" with Bill is extraordinary in its writing and performance. Overall, I don't have much to say about Mystic Pizza because Mystic Pizza doesn't have a lot to say; rather than a coming-of-age drama in which boys become men, Hollywood restricts female coming-of-age dramas to films in which girls become Barbies.
Daisy: I fucked up. Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.: Yeah... but you gave it a 100% effort!
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