Mystic Pizza (1988)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.


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  • Annabeth Gish and William R. Moses in Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • Julia Roberts in Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • Julia Roberts and Adam Storke in Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • Vincent D'Onofrio and Lili Taylor in Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • Julia Roberts in Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • Vincent D'Onofrio and Lili Taylor in Mystic Pizza (1988)

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5 July 2002 | herbqedi
7
| 2 out of 3 ain't bad
Mystic Pizza is a pleasant-but-slow slice-of-life comedy-drama. It centers on the lives of 3 young waitresses in a Pizza Parlor in blue-collar Mystic, CT. The parlor's owner is a hard-scrabble-with-heart-of-gold Portuguese "princess" buoyantly portrayed by Conchata Farrell. She makes the scene where the food critic tastes her pizza the most memorable in the movie.

As for the girls, two of the three stories work well. Lili Taylor is a revelation as the fun-loving JoJo coming to terms with the cliche her life is and how to come to terms with the love she feels for stalwart-but-limited Bill, winningly portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio (now of Law and Order: CI). These two light up the screen with humor and awkward aplomb. Julia Roberts puts her raw-but-winning talent on display as the blue-collar Daisy, a student-teacher in the school of hard-knocks.

The one unfortunate element is that the movie spends far too much time on a nowhere relationship between Annibelle Gish and preppy husband-away-from his wife portrayed by the affable but feckless William R. (aka Billy) Moses. This story just makes the movie drag.

But overall, Mystic Pizza is a kind of young-woman-oriented Diner, amiable, fun, and chock-full of young talent.

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