Comedy, Drama, Romance

Licorice Pizza

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In 1973 San Fernando Valley, teenager Gary Valentine meets Alana Kane, a young woman in her 20s and photographer’s assistant, at his high school on picture day. They become friends, start a waterbed company together, audition for films, and get involved with Joel Wachs’ mayoral campaign. They navigate a changing time politically and culturally while also dealing with a gas crisis. Valentine and Kane’s journey leads to them interacting with figures of both Old and New Hollywood, including Jon Peters and Jack Holden (a character based on William Holden). The film stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, and Benny Safdie.