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Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

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Sisters Kat and Daisy work along with Jojo at the pizza parlour in Mystic, Connecticut. Kat, shortly off to Yale, finds herself drawn to a local architect she is babysitting for, while her more tearaway sister starts dating a guy from the money side of the tracks. Jojo leaves her man at the altar; she loves him but shies away from commitment. Meanwhile the fame of the pizza continues to spread; it seems to contain something almost ..... mystic. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,793,213 (USA)
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Mystic Pizza is a real pizza parlor, located at 55 West Main St. in Mystic, Connecticut. Writer Amy Jones was vacationing in Mystic one summer, saw the pizza parlor and was inspired to write the story. After the movie came out, the real Mystic Pizza shop became so popular, lines would stretch to the sidewalk and patrons would regularly steal mementos from the restaurant. See more »

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In the scene where Kat has brought her mom pizza down at the docks Mrs. Araujo asks, "Hey, Sylvio, you got a job for my smart kid?" Sylvio shakes a dead octopus at her and replies something along the lines of, "Yeah, right here" but is smiling broadly the whole time and does not move his lips. See more »

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Daisy: [after Charles tries to make Daisy feel better about her thinking he was cheating on her and dumping fish water into his car] Daisy: You're weird!
Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.: I'm weird?
[Looks at car filled with fish water]
Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.: Can you give us a ride home?"
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Published by Tyrell Music Co. (BMI) / Special Friendship Music (BMI)
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2 out of 3 ain't bad
5 July 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Mystic Pizza is a pleasant-but-slow slice-of-life comedy-drama. It centers on the lives of 3 young waitresses in a Pizza Parlor in blue-collar Mystic, CT. The parlor's owner is a hard-scrabble-with-heart-of-gold Portuguese "princess" buoyantly portrayed by Conchata Farrell. She makes the scene where the food critic tastes her pizza the most memorable in the movie.

As for the girls, two of the three stories work well. Lili Taylor is a revelation as the fun-loving JoJo coming to terms with the cliche her life is and how to come to terms with the love she feels for stalwart-but-limited Bill, winningly portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio (now of Law and Order: CI). These two light up the screen with humor and awkward aplomb. Julia Roberts puts her raw-but-winning talent on display as the blue-collar Daisy, a student-teacher in the school of hard-knocks.

The one unfortunate element is that the movie spends far too much time on a nowhere relationship between Annibelle Gish and preppy husband-away-from his wife portrayed by the affable but feckless William R. (aka Billy) Moses. This story just makes the movie drag.

But overall, Mystic Pizza is a kind of young-woman-oriented Diner, amiable, fun, and chock-full of young talent.


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