Mystic Pizza Blu-Ray Review

Mystic Pizza is a fairly polarizing film, and one that even its staunchest supporters aren’t likely to need on Blu-Ray, but the upgraded release is a somewhat refreshing acknowledgement of the abilities of the less sensational efforts. At a time when every TV show ever made is finding a home in the DVD/Blu-Ray market, it’s nice to see that a fair number of “lesser” films aren’t being overlooked as well.

This is, one hopes obviously, not to say that Mystic Pizza – a film apparently by, for, and about the very general notion that women are sort of goofy in a way that is hard to put your finger on with precision… but, let’s give it a shot – is anything that needs to have a spot reserved in the annals of film history. On the other hand, there is a certain sense in which even I, rather disliking the film as I do, have to admit that it really does.

It may not quite be The Breakfast Club, but, like most coming-of-age, largely nonsensical stories, it has its place in the hearts of many. Few may argue its merits on some theoretically objective scale, but it is part of a whimsical era of movies that has fallen by the wayside.

I’m sure the story of the pizza slinging beauties is well-known, and going over the plot is largely unnecessary. The tale of three girls (two of them sisters) spending a summer hoping beyond the borders of their small town life, and the man who sweeps one of them off their feet… for a while. It may have more cheese than any of their pizzas, but behind it all there is a workable amount of “figure out who you are first” driving things, and at there is a point on the spectrum of thoroughness of analysis at which things have gone wrong.

I may not be a fan of this one, and indeed, I most definitely am not, but I’m happy to see it being put out there. The Blu-Ray does not exactly live up to expectations in terms of quality or bonuses, but I don’t mind there mere ability of drawing attention to titles such as this now and then. When you have this one in your Blu-Ray player, you may notice a better picture than a standard DVD, but frankly, I wouldn’t bet much on it. It’s clean, certainly, but it isn’t fantastic quality. There are also no special features, and here’s a film that might have slapped something together for a release. The movie is probably enough though, and even if you aren’t looking for it, you know someone who is. Oddly enough, it seems to hold up rather well, and however watchable it was when it first came out is just about the same boat it’s in now. Do with that what you will.

“Filled with heart and humor” (The New York Times), Mystic Pizza charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in a little town called Mystic. Starring Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish and Lili Taylor, Mystic Pizza “has all the right ingredients of a main-course favorite” (Video Movie Guide).

For sexy Daisy (Roberts), her sensible sister Kat (Gish) and their wisecracking friend Jojo (Taylor), the summer after high school is a summer they’ll never forget. Slinging pizza at a local restaurant, the three girls share their hopes, dreams and plans for escaping their small town. And when Daisy is swept off her feet by a wealthy young man named Charles, they all think she’s found her ticket out. But when the girls learn that Charles isn’t the man they think he is, they discover that with friendship and self-respect, not only will they find real happiness (and a way out of Mystic)…they just might find themselves!

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Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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