Mystic Pizza (1988)

DONALD PETRIE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1988.  Night Life Inc., The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Virgin Vision.  Story by , Screenplay by Amy Holden Jones, , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Independent Spirit Awards 1988.

This charmer tells the tale of two Portuguese-American sisters and their best friend living in Massachusetts and working in a local pizza parlor:  has left at the altar, but still loves him despite her fear of commitment; becomes attached to a handsome architect whose children she is babysitting for the summer before she goes to college; Julia Roberts is dating an Ivy League boy who sees dating a working class girl as a way to rebel against his snooty family. These three girls spend a summer enduring growing pains, and their experiences are charming and told with character and not cliché. Lots to enjoy, and look for a very young Matt Damon in a tiny walk-on role.

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