Our film reviewer Peter Travers says that the young stars of “Licorice Pizza,” Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman 'light up the screen. They’re to die for.'
Get set for a screwball comedy explosion about the serious business of first love.
Melinda Sue Gordon/MGMCooper Hoffman stars in a scene from the 2021 film,"Licorice Pizza," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.Instead of trying to get a fix on the whirlwind of dizzying delights that writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson calls “Licorice Pizza,” just find a theater where it’s playing (it’s not currently streaming) and get set for a screwball comedy explosion about the serious business of first love.
The movie boasts big names, including Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn and frequent references to Barbra Streisand, but focuses on two new stars: Alana Haim, a musician with the sister trio band Haim, and Cooper Hoffman, the lookalike son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Neither has acted before. But Haim and Hoffman light up the screen. They’re to die for.
“Licorice Pizza” refers to a now-defunct chain of record stores in LA’s San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, where Anderson grew up and the story is set. But the director, known as PTA by film junkies, never mentions the franchise. Maybe it’s better to see licorice and pizza as two things that don’t go together until they do in this love mismatch made in heaven. headtopics.com
MGMThe 2021 film,"Licorice Pizza," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman.Hoffman, 18, plays 15-year-old Gary Valentine, a child actor whose confidence far exceeds his talent. Haim, 29, plays Alana Kane, a 25-year-old firecracker who brushes off the swaggering Gary when he hits on her while she’s assisting at a photoshoot for his high school yearbook.
MORE: Review: 'Here Today' has funny moments but fizzlesAs Gary and Alana snipe, flirt and rush at each other, Anderson throws out obstacles: the age difference, the clashing personalities, the way his immaturity keeps bumping against her smarts, and the subculture of politics and Hollywood that threatens to swallow them up.
Gary persuades his manager mom (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) to let Alana chaperone him to New York for a cast reunion for “Under One Roof,” the cornball family comedy that put him on the map. Gary even wrangles Alana an interview with talent agent Mary Grady (Harriet Sansom Harris, an acid-tongued hoot), who says that Alana’s “very Jewish nose” is an asset these days.
She’s referring to Streisand, which cues the entrance of Bradley Cooper—off-the-charts hilarious as Jon Peters, the womanizing, rageaholic hairdresser who’s dating the legend and hires Gary and Alana to install a waterbed to get some waves going in his sex life with Barbra. headtopics.com
The waterbed is part of Gary’s entrepreneurial attempt to strike it rich in business (pinball machines will come later). A flooding disaster strikes during the installation, which necessitates an escape by truck, with Alana driving the hairpin turns like a hardened teamster.
Haim also drives the movie in a performance of such brash, buoyant naturalness and emotional nuance that her film debut is one for the ages. Whether Alana is getting mixed up with a predatory movie star (Sean Penn doing sly and sossled) and a closeted mayoral candidate —smarmed by Benny Safdie of the filmmaking Safdie brothers— her infatuations go nowhere.
Melinda Sue Gordon/MGMCooper Hoffman stars in a scene from the 2021 film,"Licorice Pizza," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.Alana admits it’s “weird“ to hang out with Gary and his 15-year-old friends, but she can’t help herself. Neither can the movie. Set to an infectious period soundtrack that has David Bowie asking, “is there life on Mars,” Anderson's cinematic rollercoaster asks if there’s life for Alana and Gary in a world of political and personal disillusionment?
Sure there is. “Licorice Pizza” is a family affair. PTA has directed videos for Halm and casts Alana’s parents and sisters to play versions of themselves. He’s also an unofficial godfather to Hoffman whose dad appeared in five of his films, including “The Master” and “Boogie Nights.” headtopics.com
MORE: Review: 'In the Heights' pure unleashed joy grabs you and never lets goWhat is PTA, the director of such epic odysseys as “There Will Be Blood” and “Magnolia,” doing with this quirky, quicksilver romance that revels in its own random lunacy? Showing his love, that’s what, for the time, the place, the feeling and two fledgling actors he clearly adores.Read more: ABC News »
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Wait, not sure if this is going to go over well with the political left. Hoffman plays a younger teenager. He's 18. What about all the other 15 yr olds out there who may be offended? Hollywood needs to answer for this!
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