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Pizza (2005)

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A pizza deliveryman develops a bond with a girl nearly half his age.

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Mark Christopher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Embry ... Matt Firenze
Kylie Sparks ... Cara-Ethyl
Julie Hagerty ... Darlene
Martin Campetta ... Frank
Joey Kern ... Jon
Alexis Dziena ... Emily
Michael Charles Roman ... Nick
Mary Birdsong ... Siobhan
Marylouise Burke ... Aunt Grandma
Richard Easton ... Mr. Mitchell
Miriam Shor ... Vanessa
Judah Friedlander ... Jimmy
Jessica Dunphy Jessica Dunphy ... Desiree
Cameron Boyd ... Palazzo Worker
Conn Horgan Conn Horgan ... Siobhan's Husband (as Con Horgan)
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A long night's journey into day. On the eve of her 18th birthday, talkative and rotund Cara is invited to accompany a pizza delivery guy, Matt, on his rounds. It's a night of firsts for her - first job, first beer, first cigarette, first dance. How will she handle it? And, what about Matt - good-looking, single, unattached, and 30? Why would he want to include Cara? She's intrusive and vulnerable; he's under-employed and protective. Is there life after pizza? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On her 18th birthday, she was delivered The Best Night Of Her Life (dvd)

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пицца See more »

Filming Locations:

Milford, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,059, 22 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,059, 22 January 2006
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Matt Firenze: Coffee for you.
Cara-Ethyl: I'm perfectly sober!
[inside her head]
Cara-Ethyl: Sobriety is for aardvarks, you ass.
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Featured in A Slice of 'Pizza' (2006) See more »

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A Sweet Night in a Small Town
13 February 2006 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Pizza" is a sweetly droll portrait of the impact two disparate people have on each other over one night in a small town.

Writer/director Mark Christopher brings to bear some of the freshness of the likes of "Napoleon Dynamite," "Me and You and Everyone We Know" and MTV's "Daria." He is particularly good at capturing the dialog, rhythms and social interactions of teens and post-adolescents.

Kylie Sparks as "Cara-Ethyl" is the stand out in carrying the film with her twixt childhood and adulthood 18th birthday girl, quickly switching from big sister knocking down an annoying little brother (exceptionally foul-mouthed, but believably played) to painfully trying to fit in with the high school in crowd to wisely sizing up her companion for the night. She is funny, poignant and moving. She's so good as the chubby, bespectacled outsider that it was unnecessary to have a poster from the musical "Hairspray" shown over and over behind her during a karaoke number.

Ethan Embry as 30-year-old "Matt Firenze" the pizza delivery guy she latches on to takes surprising directions in self-discovery; he charmingly is not a stereotyped hunk as he learns to move beyond that comfortably easy role. The film ends up being more about him finally learning to grow up, even as it is realistic about their relationship.

It's nice to see Jesse McCartney satirize his usual pop image, even in a tiny role, while the casting of rail thin Alexis Dziena unintentionally supports the commentary on Hollywood images of teens as she's gone on to star in ABC's "Invasion." The point is nicely demonstrated how everyone is striving, inappropriately, to be in an older in crowd.

Too bad the adults are so broadly drawn as to bring down the film, particularly Julie Haggerty's temporarily blinded mother, even though the film ironically recalls her classic encounters in Albert Brooks's "Lost in America." And why is she carrying around that hairbrush?

Overall, the success of the film is because the characters are neither sentimentalized nor patronized. They make mistakes and they don't always do the right thing, but somehow they learn something through a night of delivering pizzas.

The interstitial animations that play off pizzas are cute.

The Wilton, PA filming locations are very effectively used to convey small town life.


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