Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza ★★★★★

The older you get, the more difficult it can be to remember, let alone feel, the indomitable spirit of youth and the life-altering force that meaningful human connections can have—during "Licorice Pizza's" charming opening scenes, I was convinced Paul Thomas Anderson's latest was an ode to both of those feelings. As the film went on, I became less and less sure what, if anything, it was about, as the story seemed to follow various detours and digressions (Jon Peters, Benny Safdie's local politician) that didn't necessarily lead anywhere...but, hey, that's life! In short, I loved it. Alana Haim commands the film and yet Cooper Hoffman is no less a revelation.

(Alternate review: this is PTA's "Super 8." I am only slightly kidding about that.)

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