- Bradley Cooper, Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn
- January 7th 2022
- Paul Thomas Anderson
Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman make their movie debuts as the leads in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new coming-of-age tale.
Alana Haim may be best known as a singer in the sibling trio Haim but she has now proven she can act too thanks to her starring role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza.
Set in California’s San Fernando Valley in 1973, this coming-of-age comedy follows the lives of actor and wannabe entrepreneur Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, son of Philip Seymour Hoffman) and photographer’s assistant Alana Kane (Haim).
He asks her out on a date when they meet at a high school photoshoot but she resists his advances as he is only 15.
However, they become firm friends and business partners, and the film follows them as they date other people and try out new separate ventures, although they’re unable to resist their bond for too long.
While the film is generally focused on this friendship, it also looks at how 25-year-old Alana lacks a sense of direction in her life and keeps trying out new jobs and guys to see what works.