Licorice Pizza

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Some iffy behavior in sunny, lovable 1970s-set L.A. story.

R 2021 133 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 18+

Ridiculous excuse for a movie

The fact that people do not see a huge problem with this movie astonish me. The girl is 25 yo and the boy is 15 yo. I can not picture how some people can be alright with watching that love story unfold. There is no message to the movie, the 15 yo boy never goes to school and don't seem to have parents, he smokes all the time and hangs out with a child molestor. Because yes, this is child molesting. And for those who say "it's sweet and innocent", heavy flirting, kissing and flashing is not innocent. (spoiler warning) They get together at the end so try to tell me there's no sex coming right after that. This movie normalizes child molesting and believe me, if the roles were reverse and an older guy would flirt and date a 15 yo, it would be treated as a scandal. As an adult you might enjoy the movie's aesthetic and "vintage" feel but the story stays ridiculous and pretty boring. If you decide to watch this movie with your kid even after all of this, than make sure they're aware that such an age gap like that is not fun, sweet and "not a big deal". I do not recommend. I wasted 2 hours.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 16+

Southern California 1973

If you are anywhere near my age this movie was seriously a blast. Sure the girl was way too old, and the boy too young. But it was mostly innocent and sweet. The two kids were portrayed by brand new actors and they both had flare and likeability. Seeing Phillip Seymour Hoffman's son in this was so good. He definitely inherited his father's acting chops. I loved the girl's whole family in this film. Some parts were unrealistic and a little too violent but otherwise a great film.
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