Mystic Pizza

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Jojo, Daisy and Kat are pizza-pushers who live in Mystic, on the Connecticut coast. Jojo (Taylor) is carrying on a stormy romance with a redneck fisherman. Daisy (Roberts), a bit of a social climber, is having an affair with the owner of a throbbing red Porsche. And good old Kat (Gish), soon to start studying astronomy at Yale, is about to have a bad case of babysitter blues. Each of these women, through being used and abused by men, achieves some kind of self-realisation. If the plot (by Amy Jones) sounds pedestrian and pat, it is. However, thanks to sensitive direction by Petrie, the result is a thoroughly involving movie that doesn't resort to violence, sex or schmaltz to pack an emotional punch. Petrie imbues the Portuguese-dominated fishing village with a real sense of place, and the three female leads (Gish in particular) are excellent.

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Donald Petrie
Screenwriter: Amy Holden-Jones, Randy Howze, Perry Howze, Alfred Uhry
Cast: Porscha Radcliffe
Vincent Philip D'Onofrio
Lili Taylor
Conchata Ferrell
Arthur Walsh
Joanna Merlin
William R Moses
Adam Storke
Matt Damon
Julia Roberts
Annabeth Gish
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Charming film that follows the lives and loves of three young Portuguese-American women (two sisters and their best friend) who work at the best pizza parlour in Mystic, Connecticut, and mix not only with tourists but with rich upper-class neighbours (look out for a young Matt Damon in a small role in a dinner table scene). Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish and Lili Taylor are young, not yet famous and wonderfully natural in this film, and even if their various love affairs with obviously undeserving men seem trite, the sense of sisterhood carries the film. You can almost smell the pizza too.