Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza ★★★★★

reaching the end of my childhood, the image of Gary running alongside the lines of cars waiting for fuel amidst a shortage without a care in the world turns ever distant. now I’ll soon have to be that schmuck waiting in the car being increasingly late for work. being 19, it’s ways away but quickly approaching, and Licorice Pizza encapsulates those fears I have within every thread of its fabric: not knowing how to be an adult or even worse realizing that being an adult sucks. it’s a much messier and despicable place to exist in with relationships being withheld out of what society thinks, and men being racist as casually as drinking a cup of coffee. it’s in times like those that childhood looks ever more desirable, and PTA literalizes that hook with Gary. a hook that Alana latches onto every time she reaches a hopeless dead-end. seeing them run towards one another, made me tear up at the end, seeing adulthood and childhood intersect almost as if they need each other, and that’s the world I want to live in, not wanting to leave one behind as I eventually transition to the other.

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