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Mystic Pizza (Ws)
Mystic Pizza
Actors: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'onofrio, William R. Moses
Director: Donald Petrie
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2001     1hr 44min


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Actors: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D'onofrio, William R. Moses
Director: Donald Petrie
Creators: Mark Levinson, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Scott M. Rosenfelt, Alfred Uhry, Amy Holden Jones, Perry Howze, Randy Howze
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Julia Roberts, Love & Romance
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/09/2001
Original Release Date: 10/21/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 10/21/1988
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 7/8/2023...
A very good, heartwarming movie with a lot of up-and-coming stars in it.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 4/24/2018...
Watched this last night and thought it would be a chick flick but it was a nice surprise. Very cool to see great young actors like Julie Roberts and Vincent D'onofrio in it. I would not watch it again but glad I did watch it.
Michael C. (msc1208) from ROANOKE, VA
Reviewed on 1/25/2017...
I can remember seeing this one in a theatre at least 3 times, possibly more. I don't go to the movies very often these days, but can remember when I would see 2 or 3 movies each week. And if I liked a movie I would end up going to see it multiple times. Who could afford to do that now? I went once this past year - to a matinee - and it was around $11 during the "discount" hours. But I do miss being able to go as often as I used to.

This film made me fall in love with Julia Roberts. For most people that didn't occur until one of her next two films (Steel Magnolias or Pretty Woman) - But this one (and the two I just mentioned) are still some of her very best work after all these years.

This film also introduced me to Lili Taylor (The Conjuring and The Haunting) and Conchata Ferrell (Berta from Two and a Half Men) and in an extremely small part - Matt Damon. And I love Annabeth Gish. I saw her in Shag the year before Mystic Pizza and still enjoy her sweet screen presence.

Mystic Pizza is just a great story about three close friends and how they need and care for each other as they slowly transition into adulthood. No spoilers, just a short description for you.

I saw one complaint about the language - This isn't Beverly Hills Cop, but it certainly isn't Little House on the Prairie either. The R-rating should give that fact away and the first clue that there might be some adult content, but it certainly isn't constant, extreme or any different than what you would expect or get in most R-Rated movies.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Charlotte L. from WAPPAPELLO, MO
Reviewed on 1/25/2017...
This would have been a good movie, but it had to many F____ words in it for me.
0 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Julia At Her Best
Andrea Gidusko | Denver, CO USA | 09/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this movie after seeing Pretty Woman in the theater back in 1990, I instantly became a Julia fan. This is great movie with a great cast, the only thing I don't like about the DVD is it doesn't have the original cover/poster that has most of the cast on it. I think it's a better cover because this isn't just a Julia movie, and I know she would say the same.Julia stars as Daisy, a girl who's never been able to live up to her mothers expectations so she only lives for herself, and is happy with it, until a rich young boy named Charles shows up at the local pool hall. He instantly falls for her, but Daisy is afraid that he is just using her to get back at his snobbish parents. "Bring home your poor Portuguese girlfriend, shake up the family a little bit." But Charlie isn't like that, and it isn't until Daisy discovers more about herself that she realizes this. Then there's her younger sister Kat(Annabeth Gish), whom her mother is so proud of because she will be attending Yale. Kat has never been in love and ends up falling for the married father of the young girl she babysits for; in this short time she gets to expierience the joys of love and the pain of being heartbroken when his wife returns.Their friend Jo (Lili Taylor) is another story altogether. She loves her boyfriend Bill (Vincent Denofrio), a local fisherman, but every time she tries to walk down the isle she pictures herself fat and ugly with all these kids hanging around and ends up passing out.
In the end they all pass major milestones that come with life, and the movie ends with the girls looking into the stars. This wasn't a starting point for Annabeth Gish whom had already appeared in many movies, but was a bit of a launching pad for Julia who dyed her hair black with mouse just to audition for the role (and walked home in the rain ruining her blouse). This was only her third feature film, and she seems to grow in this role. It's no surprise she received an Oscar nomination for her next role in "Steel Magnolias."Since Matt Damon has become a household name, I've seen this movie mentioned some places as starring him as well as the main actors, but I must advise that if you're renting it JUST for Matt, you're in for a big disappointment. Matt is only in one scene and only utters the lines "Mom, do you want my green stuff." So, it really isn't HIS film, but he is in it.What makes the DVD special is being able to see the film's actual trailer and watch the movie in widescreen.Julia has a line at the beginning of the film that kind of makes me smile:
"Don't worry about me, I'm not going to be slinging pizza for the rest of my life." Words that ring so true, if only she knew then the big star she would be."
I can't believe I liked this "chick flick" as much as I did!
Andrea Gidusko | 04/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, this one was a pleasant surprise! No car chases, no explosions, just a well-written story about three friends in a small Connecticut town who work at the same pizza place. The thing is, I LIKED the people in this movie without being forced to by some unbelievable plot. Well worth seeing, even a second time!"
A Movie Worth Watching With a Comfortable Feel to It
Charthead | Iowa | 07/01/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Watched the 1988 movie "Mystic Pizza" today. It was one of the first movies for the female leads Julia Roberts , Annabeth Gish (native of Cedar Falls, Iowa), and Lili Taylor. Interestingly, Gish's name appears before Roberts in the credits at the end. Gish has gone on to a productive career, mostly in television, Taylor has moved into a career in more independent, quirky movies while Roberts has gone on to...well, you know.

I read Roger Ebert's review and he gave the movie 3 1/2 starts (out of 4) when it came out. I wouldn't rate it that high (maybe 2 1/2 or 3 out of 4), but the movie has kind of a comfortable feeling to it and gets better as it goes along. You don't see many movies about work & work environments these days and I think the scenes in the Mystic Pizza Parlor are pretty good. The romantic storylines are pretty standard and as Ebert says, "The movie isn't really about three girls in love; it's about three girls discovering what their standards for love are going to be." All-in-all I liked the movie. Oh, and watch carefully for Matt Damon in his big-screen debut!"