James Betsalel’s review published on Letterboxd:
So this was the 3rd film I've seen in a theater this week following No Time To Die and the new Spider-man and damn is this just what I needed to cleanse my pallet from big-budget franchise blockbusters. Didn't even care that we were the youngest ones in our theater by a good thirty years.
So yeah this is great. Deceptively deep level of film making that PTA makes look so simple and effortless. Flows perfectly building up a warm comforting vibe laced with a menacing undercurrent that's never far away. Recalls Boogey Nights with clear inspiration from the likes of American Graffiti, Dazed and Confused and the like. The whole cast is phenomenal from the endless recognizable faces that make up the supporting cast to the two leading newcomers.
Also loved laughing at the Jon Peters portrayal. I had started reading Hit and Run fairly recently so that was awesome to see. This is probably PTA's funniest film so far.
Great way to start 2022!!
Would absolutely recommend.