‘Licorice Pizza’ is a Hilarious and Heartfelt Coming-Of-Age Opus from Paul Thomas Anderson (Review)

‘Licorice Pizza’ is a Hilarious and Heartfelt Coming-Of-Age Opus from Paul Thomas Anderson (Review)

Ever since debuting with Hard Eight and Boogie Nights in 1997, Paul Thomas Anderson has
been a constant presence in the conversation about the best contemporary filmmaking auteur
working today, and he continues to solidify himself as such with his new film, Licorice Pizza.
Curiosity has been rampant about how a melodrama would feel in the more nuanced style he’s
refined since There Will Be Blood in 2007, and sure enough, the results place his coming-of-age
story among the best movies of the year for its nostalgic tone, the infectious chemistry between
the two leads, and a script that’s as funny as it is heartfelt in its depiction of platonic love and the
boundlessness that came with youth in the 1970s.

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