PTA’s love letter to the San Fernando Valley starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman opens Friday
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ninth feature film, “Licorice Pizza,” is in many ways a return to form for the writer-director: it takes place in the 1970s, features a huge cast of colorful characters, and lovingly depicts his hometown, the San Fernando Valley suburb of Los Angeles.
Stars Alana Haim (of the band Haim) and Cooper Hoffman (son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) shine in this tale of summer love and adolescent misadventures. Fifteen-year-old Gary Valentine (Hoffman) parlays his hopeless crush on a woman 10 years his senior, Alana Kane (Haim) into a friendship and business partnership. Gary’s entrepreneurial spirit takes them from the hills of Encino to Studio City and everywhere in between.
Along the way, Gary and Alana encounter local celebrities, politicians and romantic interests as they try to figure out who they are and what they want in life. For a sneak preview, check out the trailer here.
With the film’s limited release opening Friday and wide release just around the corner, you may be wondering how to watch “Licorice Pizza.” Here’s everything you need to know.
When Does “Licorice Pizza” Come Out?
“Licorice Pizza” opens in select cities (New York and Los Angeles) on Nov. 26. It will only be playing in select theaters in those two cities on that date, but gets a wide release on Dec. 25 throughout the rest of the country.
Where Can You Watch “Licorice Pizza?”
If you live in Los Angeles or New York City, you can catch “Licorice Pizza” in theaters (and in 70mm film!). In L.A., it will be playing at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. There are three New York City locations hosting the limited release: the Lincoln Square 13 AMC Theatre, Village East, or the Alama Drafthouse Cinema Brooklyn 7.
On Dec. 25, the film will be playing in theaters nationwide.
No streaming plans have been announced yet, so you won’t be able to watch it online for now.
Who’s in the “Licorice Pizza” Cast?
“Licorice Pizza” has a large ensemble cast, headlined by Alana Haim as Alana Kane and Cooper Hoffman as Gary Valentine. Here’s a rundown of some of the other cast members:
- Bradley Cooper as Jon Peters
- Benny Safdie as Joel Wachs
- Sean Penn as Jack Holden
- Skylar Gisondo as Lance
- Tom Waits as Rex Blau
- John C. Reilly as Fred Gwynne
- Maya Rudolph as Gale
- Harriet Sansom Harris as Mary Grady
- Christine Ebersole as Lucille Doolittle
- Isabelle Kusman as Sue Pomerantz
- Nate Mann as Brian
Are Paul Thomas Anderson’s Other Films Streaming?
- “Phantom Thread” (2017) – Hulu and Amazon Video (both with Cinemax subscription), DIRECTV
- “Inherent Vice” (2014) – Kanopy, Amazon Video
- “The Master” (2012) – Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, DIRECTV
- “There Will Be Blood” (2007) – Netflix, Pluto TV
- “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002) – HBO Max, Hoopla
- “Magnolia” (1999) – HBO Max, Hoopla
- “Boogie Nights” (1997) – Fubo, Showtime, DIRECTV
- “Hard Eight” (1996) – Amazon Video, Kanopy
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