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Mystic Pizza (1988)



Critic Consensus: Mystic Pizza is like its namesake food: it's cheesy, topped with romance, and rises to the occasion.

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Three teenagers learn a lot about life and love one summer in this romantic comedy-drama. Kat (Annabeth Gish), Daisy (Julia Roberts), and Jojo (Lili Taylor) are three working-class women just out of high school who have jobs at the same pizza parlor in the resort community of Mystic, Connecticut. Kat wants to study astronomy at Yale; when she starts baby-sitting for Tim (William R. Moses), a wealthy Yale graduate summering in Mystic, she finds herself falling in love with him, even though he's married and nearly twice her age. Daisy, who isn't sure what she wants from life, starts going with Charlie (Adam Storke), a recent law school dropout, though she starts to think that it may be more to rebel against her family than out of genuine affection. And Jojo is attracted to Bill (Vincent D'Onofrio), but she doesn't want to get married (she's already left him at the altar once); when Bill announces that he's no longer willing to have sex without marriage, she has to decide if his affections are worth a lifetime commitment. Conchata Ferrell appears in a supporting role as Leona, the proprietor of the pizza parlor, who zealously guards the secret formula of her sauce.

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Julia Roberts
as Daisy Arujo
Annabeth Gish
as Kat Arujo
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Bill Montijo
William R. Moses
as Tim Travers
Adam Storke
as Charles Gordon Windsor
Porscha Radcliffe
as Phoebe Travers
Joanna Merlin
as Mrs. Arujo
Gene Amoroso
as Mr. Barbosa
Janet Zarish
as Nicole "Nikki" Travers
Ray Zuppa
as Mitch
Louis Turenne
as Hector "The Fireside
John Cunningham
as Mr. Windsor
Wiley Moore
as Newscaster
Ann Flood
as Polly Windsor
Suzanne Shepherd
as Aunt Tweedy
Matt Damon
as Steamer
Marrisa Carey
as Flower Girl
Keith Jochim
as Tourist #2
Lew Resseguie
as Maitre D'
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Critic Reviews for Mystic Pizza

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

Don't be put off by the ambiguous-sounding title and the lack of star names. Mystic Pizza is a marvelously warm and funny comedy-drama that is frankly sentimental but never cloying.

July 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Genuine and moving.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Thanks to sensitive direction by Petrie, the result is a thoroughly involving movie that doesn't resort to violence, sex or schmaltz to pack an emotional punch.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Though in essence this is little more than a girls' romance novel brought to life, it has been filled with heart and humor.

May 20, 2003

You get the general sense that the actors -- particularly Annabeth Gish and, though he is hardly featured, D'Onofrio (who was last seen as the troubled recruit in "Full Metal Jacket") -- are better than their material, but this is scant compensation.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

"Mystic Pizza" does create the feeling of a small resort town and the people who live there and, amazingly, given the familiar nature of a lot of the material, it nearly always keeps us interested.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mystic Pizza

One summer in the lives of three young women who work as waitresses at Mystic Pizza - the local small-town pizza place. This movie delves into class distinction and work ethic and getting out of Mystic.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Three women deal with relationships in small town Connecticut. The performances by the three female leads are all quite strong, but they're strong in a cliched American way; American cinema often asks its leading ladies to be charming, upbeat, and beautiful, without much depth or sincerity, and the leads of Mystic Pizza follow this tradition, smiling and laughing in a light-hearted, cheeky way throughout the soap operatic plot. The one highlight is Lili Taylor's performance, whose monologue after she "breaks up" with Bill is extraordinary in its writing and performance. Overall, I don't have much to say about Mystic Pizza because Mystic Pizza doesn't have a lot to say; rather than a coming-of-age drama in which boys become men, Hollywood restricts female coming-of-age dramas to films in which girls become Barbies.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Daisy: I fucked up. Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.: Yeah... but you gave it a 100% effort!

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

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