Mystic Pizza Movie Poster Image

Mystic Pizza



Charming coming-of-age film infused with romance.
  • Review Date: August 16, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1988
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable

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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film 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.

What's the story?

Working in a pizza shop 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 21, 1988
DVD release date:November 13, 2001
Cast:Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor
Director:Donald Petrie
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:Restricted

This review of Mystic Pizza was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Not deep, but definitely funny--teens will enjoy.
  • Cute romantic comedy OK for most older kids.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

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 to moderate sexual references, but not too much to worry about. Though the main characters do make mistakes and sometimes exhibit poor judgment, they clearly care about each other and their romantic interests and try to work their problems out.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Family Media Agreement