25 December 2000 | TxMike
A story of 3 waitresses and the pizza shop owner coming to terms with their lives, has become a classic of sorts.
"Mystic Pizza" is the film that served notice that Julia Roberts, about 20, as "Daisy", was destined to be a name actress. The movie's name comes from the location - the pizza shop in Mystic, Conn., a fishing village with a concentration of Portuguese immigrants. Teenager Matt Damon also had a small part, as the younger brother "Steamer" of the rich boyfriend.
The 4 women in this film - the 3 waitresses and the pizza shop owner - all have significant hurdles to cross. The pizza shop is in financial danger, and depends on a great review by the food critic to bolster business. Daisy is somewhat of a misfit, a hothead with a lot of talent but somewhat lacking in focus, and who is being courted by a rich guy. Another, bound for Yale but financially poor, and things get complicated by her increasingly close relationship with the father who hires her as a babysitter while mom is working in England. The other faints at the altar, and is having trouble with commitment, while her fisherman boyfriend continues to try and get her to marry him.
The acting is uniformly good, and there are both serious and funny situations. It is an easy movie to "get into", and there is a good sense of completion when it ends. I just wish they had revealed the secret ingredients in the pizza sauce. The stories and situations are not particular novel in movies, but the movie is well put together and lets us see a few actors at the beginning of their careers.
August 2020 update: My wife and I just watched it again on BluRay from our public library. Even though we knew what was coming we enjoyed this repeat viewing.