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LICORICE PIZZA WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON A story about growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s – an era when the lines between childhood and adulthood got blurry, and the freewheeling ’60s started to give way to political and cultural upheaval, gas shortages and other ’70s headaches. Gary, a teenage actor and entrepreneur, sort-of pursues twentysomething photographer’s assistant Alana, after he meets her while waiting to get his school photograph taken. He enlists her in his schemes and dreams, and together they start a waterbed company, audition for movies, and get involved in a mayoral campaign. The filmmaker fuses the comedic romp of first love and self- discovery, with a debunking of classic Hollywood myths and heroes. The adventures of the two friends (or, rather, flirtatious platonic lovers) cause them to brush up against old and new Hollywood: Sean Penn plays a tough-guy-William Holden doppelgänger, while Bradley Cooper portrays producer Jon Peters (the former hairstylist and boyfriend of Barbra Streisand), depicted as a narcissistic sleaze-bag in polyester. An upbeat, loose, funny, thrilling coming-of-age, comedy- drama. Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie. PREMIERES 27TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE * Licorice Pizza : the slang term for “LP” (pizza/round, licorice/black), and a chain of record stores in 70s California, which inspired the film’s title. .

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