Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Licorice Pizza’ Is Now Available In Select Theaters In LA & NYC

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Licorice Pizza’

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman is now available in select theaters in LA & NYC.

Licorice Pizza is the story of two freewheeling hucksters in love, with Alana desperate to find a partner or a career that would allow her to flee, and Gary determined to make a fortune by any means necessary. Gary shows to be an intrepid entrepreneur, first with a waterbed business and then as a pinball arcade magnate, whose guiding attitude is encapsulated by a James Bond marquee (Live and Let Die), and he falls for Alana exactly because they’re two of a kind. That resemblance both draws and repels, and it’s to Haim and Hoffman’s credit that they are able to balance the sparks that bring Alana and Gary together with the frustration and rage that regularly separates them. As their heroes dash headlong into one misadventure after another, they have unforced, irresistible chemistry, conveying a clever blend of bravado, aggression, jealousy, stubbornness, and sensitivity.

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Licorice Pizza’

WATCH: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza Starring Alana Haim & Cooper Hoffman New Trailer.

The endearing centers of Licorice Pizza are Haim and Hoffman, who is surrounded by a cavalcade of scene-stealing celebrities. Penn is funnier than he has been in years as Holden (a play on William Holden), who is more concerned with replicating a motorbike stunt from one of his famous movies with director Rex Blau’s help (Tom Waits). As a clownishly racist Japanese restaurant owner, John Michael Higgins gets a few chuckles. And Bradley Cooper is a hilariously sleazy delight as real-life movie producer Jon Peters, who buys one of Gary’s waterbeds and then delivers an extended, coked-up rant to Gary in which he clarifies the proper pronunciation of his girlfriend’s name (Barbra Strei-sand) and threatens to murder Gary’s younger brother with his bare hands upon delivery.

The 1973 oil crisis is the catalyst for an unhinged Peters’ gas station freak-out, as well as what may be the most suspenseful running-on-empty, rolling-downhill car sequence in cinema history. Those, however, are just two of the numerous highlights of Anderson’s rambunctious drama, which shifts gears with aplomb. Its every extended tracking shot is perfectly integrated into the action proper (the best being at a local convention featuring a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him John C. Reilly cameo as The Munsters’ paterfamilias), and its every segue into slow-motion and needle drop is attuned to its characters’ volatile emotions and circumstances. Anderson hasn’t played this fast and loose since his earliest films, and yet unlike those efforts, there are no look-at-me flourishes to be found here, only the effusive enthusiasm of a master in total command of his material’s rhythm, energy, and mood.

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Gary and Alana sprint towards the future with reckless abandon and a smidgeon of fear, the latter stemming from their mutual realization that they may only have a limited amount of opportunities to genuinely connect with one another. Young love is comprised of a volatile mix of optimism and fear, of unfettered bravado and nagging uncertainty, and it’s imagined in such exact, intimate terms by Anderson, Haim, and Hoffman that, by the end of Licorice Pizza, it feels exhilaratingly universal.

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Andrew Conor is a News Writer for Maxblizz, Andrew is a fan of Marvel and DC comics and films.

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