Licorice Pizza

classified 15

Please note: This was screened in Jan 2022

Paul Thomas Anderson
Cooper Hoffman, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Alana Haim
133 mins, 2021

The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread, Inherent Vice) is a nostalgic, irresistible coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of 1973’s San Fernando Valley.

On his high school picture day, teenager Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) befriends photographer’s assistant Alana Kane (Alana Haim), setting off their journey through Hollywood, politics, first love, and the rapidly changing landscape of 1970’s America. Also featuring Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, and John C. Reilly, Licorice Pizza is an exuberant love letter to the ’70s and a bittersweet evocation of the treacherous navigation of romance.