California, 1973. Gary and Alana meet, have adventures, and kinda maybe sort of fall in love.

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  1. Peter Linning December 16, 2021

    To paraphrase a quote from the end of the film, Licorice Pizza just has a great feeling about it. The production design and music whisk you away to early 70s California, and spin you around until you’re giddy. The relatively unknown lead actors have so much genuine chemistry and warmth to them that it’s hard not to fall for them the same way they fall for each other, and there’s a great supporting cast who add to the richness of the film’s texture (notably Bradley Cooper redefining the term “scene-stealer” as he straight-up hijacks the movie for his limited screen time). Licorice Pizza is a brilliant example of character-development-as-plot as Gary and Alana glide through a series of set pieces that expose themselves to each other and the audience, and they grow together as we grow to love them. It’s a gorgeous and genuinely heart-warming film, and probably my pick for the best movie of the year.

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