Mystic Pizza

Taking its title from a pizza parlor in the seaside tourist town of Mystic, Connecticut, this romantic comedy follows the fortunes of three Portuguese-American friends--Daisy (Julia Roberts), her sister Kat (Annabeth Gish), and Jojo (Lili Taylor)--who waitress together at the title restaurant. Jojo is pursued by a local fisherman (Vincent D'Onofrio, slimmed...read more

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Taking its title from a pizza parlor in the seaside tourist town of Mystic, Connecticut, this romantic comedy follows the fortunes of three Portuguese-American friends--Daisy (Julia Roberts), her sister Kat (Annabeth Gish), and Jojo (Lili Taylor)--who waitress together at the title

restaurant. Jojo is pursued by a local fisherman (Vincent D'Onofrio, slimmed down considerably from his role as Private Pyle in FULL METAL JACKET), who just wants to marry her, while she just wants to go to bed with him. Worldly Daisy has an affair with the black sheep son of a very wealthy

family, while her much more naive sister takes work as a baby-sitter for a young girl and falls hard for the girl's father, a married architect. Part WHERE THE BOYS ARE, part LOVE STORY, and grounded in ethnicity a la MOONSTRUCK, MYSTIC PIZZA is a feel-good movie with a gentle melancholic

undercurrent. First-time director Donald Petrie successfully has created an entertaining and poignant film about friendship, love, and growing up. This was Julia Roberts's second film (after the insipid SATISFACTION, also released in 1988), and she's terrific as the fiery Daisy.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Taking its title from a pizza parlor in the seaside tourist town of Mystic, Connecticut, this romantic comedy follows the fortunes of three Portuguese-American friends--Daisy (Julia Roberts), her sister Kat (Annabeth Gish), and Jojo (Lili Taylor)--who wait… (more)

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