Mystic Pizza

Movie review by
Maya Dollarhide, Common Sense Media
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Charming coming-of-age film infused with romance.
  • R
  • 1988
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

The tourist board of Mystic Connecticut and the real Mystic Pizza shop that still exists today surely benefited by this.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol use, but not abuse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mystic Pizza deals with adult subject matter –- sexuality, economic class issues, and infidelity. There are strong messages here about the importance of friendship and family -- and of staying true to one's self.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 and 16-year-old Written byEvelynJ February 15, 2018

One of my favorite 80's Rom Coms for Older Teens 15/16

This is one of my favorite 80's Rom Coms. Julia Roberts first big role. also stars Vincent D'Onofrio. A fun story about three girls growing up in M... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byACDude800 July 15, 2009

Entertaining movie

This is a pretty decent movie that's worth watching. There's some strong profanity (including the f-bomb, used once in a sexual sense), and some mild... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPandaFace December 28, 2019

great but age does count

this is a great movie but there is talk about sex, there is sex before marriage and sex scenes. this is a very romantic movie but it has lots of drinking as wel... Continue reading

What's the story?

Working at MYSTIC PIZZA, a pizzeria in the port town of Mystic, Conn., Daisy (Julia Roberts), Kat (Annabeth Gish), and Jojo (Lili Taylor) sling pies made with a secret sauce that seems to delight everyone -- even dour restaurant critics. It's summertime, and high school is behind them, but the future seems frightening. Will they end up doling out slices in the hardscrabble, Portuguese fishing town for the rest of their lives? The film follows the trio through a summer of change and tough decisions about life, love, and careers. By summer's end, the three friends learn new things about themselves and those they love, but their friendship and sisterhood remain intact.

Is it any good?

This is a funny, sweet coming-of-age movie with a charming cast, and terrific performances by Roberts, Gish and Taylor. Mystic Pizza's dated clothing, hairstyles, and music should make fine fodder for 21st-century teen ridicule -- but once they get past that, they'll enjoy it just as much as their parents did.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about embarrassment in Mystic Pizza. What kind of things make you feel embarrassed about your family -- and what do you love about it? Why are roots important?

  • What role does social class play in society?

  • How does it determine your friendships and other relationships?

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