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Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Licorice Pizza, is a breezy, poignant, entirely engrossing coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Southern California in the 1970s.

At the heart of this film are two career-defining performances from musician Alana Haim (making her screen debut) and Cooper Hoffman, son of PTA regular the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The two meet when Gary (Hoffman) is still at his high school. It's picture day, and Alana (Haim) is working as an assistant to the school photographer. Gary is immediately smitten, and despite the significant gap in their ages, his charm and smooth-talking persuade her to go out to dinner with him. Gary is convinced they're destined to be a couple, an assertion she dismisses as absurd. Still, because he operates several side businesses - not to mention is a semi-successful television actor - he entices her into his surreal world, even though she has no intention of pursuing a romantic relationship.

Licorice Pizza refuses to wear rose-tinted spectacles, and observes the 1970s' sexism, racism and homophobia, the intolerance presented matter-of-factly, a depressing everyday occurrence. Yet, holding everything together is the filmmaker's clear affection for these two young people as the big, scary grownup world opens up in front of them. Channelling Robert Altman's freewheeling spirit, this tale of politicians, Hollywood producers and waterbeds, is still the sweetest and most endearing Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Phantom Thread) film to date. Licorice Pizza conveys youthful infatuation in all its intensity and awkwardness - how adolescents begin to understand adulthood by pursuing love connections that probably won't last.

Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.
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