Mystic Pizza

DVD review from The Movie Snob.

Mystic Pizza  (B).  I found this 1988 flick in a bargain bin at Big Lots! for $1.50.  As fate would have it, I had just read a piece about it in Entertainment Weekly, so I decided to give it a try.  It stars a young Julia Roberts (Charlie Wilson’s War) as a poor young woman named Daisy.  Daisy is a waitress working at a pizza joint in Mystic, Connecticut, alongside her Yale-bound younger sister Kat (Annabeth Gish, Beautiful Girls) and their best pal Jojo (Lili Taylor, Ransom).  The movie spans several months in their lives as they try to deal with man problems—Daisy has attracted the attention of a rich but potentially untrustworthy suitor, Jojo can’t decide whether to marry the fisherman she loves, and Kat falls for a married man after she starts a part-time job babysitting his daughter.  It’s a pretty cheesy movie, but it apparently attracted a strong cult following, and I can see why.  The characters are appealing, and their trials and tribulations are fairly realistically drawn.  Director Donald Petrie would go on to direct Grumpy Old Men and Miss Congeniality.  Look fast and you may spot a young Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo) as the brother of Daisy’s rich suitor.

P.S.  This is the 1500th post on The Movie Court!

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