Sam Kohn’s review published on Letterboxd:
Tired: Why is no one talking about the age gap!?
Wired: Licorice Pizza is literally ABOUT the age gap and how it’s two protagonists bridge it in a desperate (but doomed) attempt to run away from their fears and insecurities. The ‘will they/won’t they’ at the heart of the film’s narrative is merely a smokescreen for a deeper exploration of relationships and everything we as humans get from them. In Cooper, Alana finds companionship and stability in a world that offers her neither. In Alana, Cooper finds the only person who’s ever made him feel like more than a child. Their eventual fate doesn’t matter – only the connection itself and everything it represents for them.
(Real talk, the discourse around this film was unbearable and I feel sorry for anyone who can’t recognise it as the pure slice of movie magic that it is).