Licorice Pizza (2021)


Licorice Pizza (2021)

Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   N/A
Metacritic   91 %
TheMovieDb    6.0 /10
RottenTomatoes  91 %
Release Date2021-12-23
GenreComedy, Drama
Content RatingR (R)
CompanyGhoulardi Film Company
Actoras Actor
Brendaas Brenda
Joel Wachsas Joel Wachs
Kiki Pageas Kiki Page
Cooper Hoffman
Cooper Hoffman
Fairgoer #3as Fairgoer #3
Long Hair Freakas Long Hair Freak
Driveras Driver
Bottara Angele
Bottara Angele
Fair Goer #1as Fair Goer #1

Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza is an upcoming American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also serves as one of the film's producers and cinematographers. The film stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, and Benny Safdie.

Licorice Pizza is scheduled for a limited release in the United States on November 26, 2021, before going wide on December 25, 2021. The film has received mostly positive reviews, with Haim and Hoffman receiving critical praise.


In 1973 San Fernando Valley, teenager Gary Valentine meets Alana Kane, a photographer's assistant in her 20s, 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.


  • Alana Haim as Alana Kane, a photographer's assistant
  • Cooper Hoffman as Gary Valentine, a young actor who falls in love with Alana. Valentine is based on Gary Goetzman.
  • Sean Penn as Jack Holden, an actor based on William Holden
  • Tom Waits as Rex Blau, a film director
  • Bradley Cooper as Jon Peters, a film producer
  • Benny Safdie as Joel Wachs, a politician running for office
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Skyler Gisondo
  • Mary Elizabeth Ellis
  • Joseph Cross
  • Nate Mann
  • John C. Reilly as Fred Gwynne: stated at:28:00-29:00
  • Christine Ebersole as Lucille Doolittle, an actress based on Lucille Ball
  • Ben Stiller
  • George DiCaprio
  • Ray Chase as Radio DJ
  • John Michael Higgins
  • Sasha Spielberg
  • Harriet Sansom Harris


Around 2001, Anderson was walking by a junior high school on picture day. He observed one of the students nagging the female photographer and had an idea of the student having an adult relationship with the photographer. This experience with the additional stories told to Anderson by his friend Gary Goetzman, who was a child actor who had starred in the film Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and eventually started a waterbed company and pinball palace led to the screenplay of Licorice Pizza.: stated at:2:00-4:00, 17:00-18:00 Goetzman at one time delivered a waterbed to Jon Peters.: stated at:32:00-33:00

On November 12, 2019, it was reported that Anderson would direct a film he wrote and produced under Ghoulardi Film Company. On December 18, 2019, Focus Features came on to produce and distribute the film. On July 17, 2020, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired distribution rights to the film from Focus.

In 2019, Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly turned down an offer for a role in an unspecified Paul Thomas Anderson film. In August 2020, Bradley Cooper, Alana Haim, and Benny Safdie joined the cast of the film. In September 2020, it was reported that Cooper Hoffman, the son of Philip Seymour Hoffman, would play the male lead, opposite Haim.

On December 18, 2019, it was reported that principal photography would start in the spring or summer of 2020. On July 17, 2020, it was reported that MGM would set a new start date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Principal photography began in Encino, California in August 2020. Sean Penn was seen on-set in September, leading to speculation he had a role in the film. In November, the title was reported as Soggy Bottom. On November 19, 2020, it was reported that principal photography had wrapped and post-production had begun. On September 9, 2021, it was revealed that the film would be called Licorice Pizza, named after a former chain of record shops in southern California of the same name, that was founded by James Greenwood in 1969.


Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood composed the film's score cues. The first trailer for the film, which was released online on September 27, 2021, was set to David Bowie's "Life on Mars?".

The official soundtrack will be released by Republic Records. Included are some of the songs featured in the film, as well as one of the original tracks composed by Greenwood.

Licorice Pizza Soundtrack
1."July Tree"Irma Jurist, Eve MerriamNina Simone2:44
2."Stumblin' In"Mike Chapman, Nicky ChinnChris Norman & Suzi Quatro3:58
3."Sometimes I'm Happy"Vincent Youmans, Irving CaesarJohnny Guarnieri4:05
4."Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"Harold Arlen, Johnny MercerBing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters featuring Vic Schoen & his orchestra2:42
5."Blue Sands"Buddy ColletteChico Hamilton Quintet featuring Buddy Collette6:36
6."But You're Mine"Sonny BonoSonny & Cher3:04
7."My Ding-a-Ling live at The Fillmore (1967)"Dave BartholomewChuck Berry featuring Steve Miller Band4:38
8."Peace Frog"Robby Krieger, Jim MorrisonThe Doors2:52
9."Let Me Roll It"Paul McCartney, Linda McCartneyPaul McCartney and Wings4:51
10."Life On Mars?"David BowieDavid Bowie3:52
11."Slip Away"William Armstrong, Marcus Daniel, Wilbur TerrellClarence Carter2:34
12."Diamond Girl"Jim Seals, Dash CroftsSeals and Crofts4:13
13."Greensleeves"Henry VIIIMason Williams2:45
14."Barabajagal"DonovanDonovan with The Jeff Beck Group, Lesley Duncan, Suzi Quatro and Madeline Bell3:20
15."Softly Whispering I Love You"Roger Greenaway, Roger CookThe Congregation3:02
16."Licorice Pizza"Jonny GreenwoodJonny Greenwood3:07
17."If You Could Read My Mind"Gordon LightfootGordon Lightfoot3:51
18."Walk Away"Joe WalshJames Gang3:35
19."Lisa, Listen To Me"David Clayton-Thomas, Dick HalliganBlood, Sweat & Tears2:58
20."Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day"Taj MahalTaj Mahal4:14
Total length:1:04:01


The film is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on November 26, 2021, followed by a nationwide release across the United States on December 25, 2021.


The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 91% based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 8.6/10. The site's critics' consensus reads: "Licorice Pizza finds Paul Thomas Anderson shifting into a surprisingly comfortable gear – and getting potentially star-making performances out of his fresh-faced leads." Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 92 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".