Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza ★★★★½

I will rest assured in the fact that the incredibly dumb discourse around this film will vanish soon and we'll be left with a great PTA film, which is a charming chill-just-vibing piece set in the Valley in 1973 (or thereabouts). Alana Haim absolutely owns this picture, perfectly encapsulating a young woman who is not ready for the terrible, disappointing world of adulthood, but also not able to rejoin the more carefree life of her high school years. From scene to scene her age and world-weariness vary, her very un-Hollywood imperfections just, well, perfect for this character. Cooper Hoffman has Brian Wilson vibes, too big and too old, just not made for these times, so to speak. Plenty of running, so much running, all that energy and youth. And so many crummy adults, all horny af, either directly or indirectly, coasting on those Summer of Love fumes as the gas runs out. Elegaic, sad, hilarious, transcendant. Down with the haterz.