Mystic Pizza (1988) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|A coming-of-age movie about the
most idealistic stage of life - that summer after high
school, when all of life looms before us like a clean
slate, waiting to be written upon.
|It focuses on three girls from lower
middle class ethnic families in a fishing town in
Connecticut (Mystic, Connecticut - actually the town of
Groton), and the pizza joint that they work in.
|The three girls are played by:
Roberts. She's the sexy, unfocused one who hopes
a rich guy will fall in love with her.
Gish. She's the brainy one, headed for Yale,
who's falling in love with the guy she babysits
Taylor. She's the gregarious, perky one. She is
hot for a hunky local fisherman who doesn't
believe in sex before marriage. Hey, I didn't
write the movie, OK?
...blah, blah, blah
back on it, the most interesting thing about the film is
to see some of the young stars:
Roberts when she worked for normal wages. This
movie came two years before Pretty Woman, and
Julia was essentially an unknown. Great face and
hair, and a better performer than people give her
credit for. She does a great job at creating a
character suitable for this kind of movie. Her
unique talent is to fashion herself into a shell
that women can project themselves upon.
Damon. I don't even think he had a line, but he
looked ever so upper crust and blond as a preppie
that Annabeth Gish has never had more of a
career. She was billed first in this movie, over
Julia. That'll be something to show her
DVD info from Amazon.
1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 screens. Looks
no features except a
lightweight romantic comedy. Cute and watchable, well
filmed, no real meat, and absolutely no edge. Marketed
toward young females. In other words a chick-flick, but
you won't have to vomit if your girl wants you to watch
it with her.
Men rate it 5.9 at IMDb, which is the
range for films that are just on the borderline of
enjoyable. Women rate it 6.7, indicating a better than
average film. Girls under 18 rate it 7.4, masterpiece
level. If the whole world were teenage girls, this would
be Citizen Kane, and Monet would be hanging in the
General consensus: No
consensus. I guess two and a half, but an
enthusiastic thumb up from Ebert, but one
down from Maltin. Ebert 3.5/4, Maltin 2.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.0.
- With their
dollars ... it wasn't a smash, hit, but
it took in $13 million.
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C.
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