‘Licorice Pizza’ trailer: Anderson’s latest LA love letter

No, the new trailer “Licorice Pizza” is not about candy or pizza. Or Bradley Cooper for that matter.

The new Paul Thomas Anderson film, whose trailer fell on Monday, is about a couple of 1970s high school students from the San Fernando Valley – one of whom is a successful child actor – and looks very much like it was shot in the valley at the time.

Written and directed by Anderson (“Phantom Thread”, “There Will Be Blood”, “Boogie Nights”), the nostalgic coming-of-age movie stars Valley-born Alana Haim from the pop band Haim and Cooper Hoffman, son of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, both in their feature film debut.

As the trailer shows, the recall film leans to life in the LA suburbs and shows details of growing up there – all against the backdrop of Hollywood and making it big.

“So how did you become such a hot-shot actor?” Asks Haim’s character.

“I’m a showman. That’s what I have to do, ”says Hoffman’s Gary as he dances on stage in a childlike production.

There is tangible chemistry and excitement between the two young stars as she disrobes in front of him and beats him shortly thereafter. They quarrel, almost holding hands and running towards each other a number of times throughout the trailer.

Bradley Cooper, who is among the most popular bills but not the star of the trailer, is referred to as hairdresser and producer Jon Peters, giving Gary a lesson in how to say his girlfriend Barbra Streisand’s name in a scene and inexplicably damaging cars in Next .

There are also glimpses of Sean Penn and Ben Stiller as well as Maya Rudolph (who is married to Anderson). Musicians Tom Waits and Benny Safdie are also among the roles.

The film, formerly titled “Soggy Bottom,” got its new name from the long-closed LA record and video store chain. Incidentally, Licorice Pizza actually got the chain dens name from a comedy sketch on an album by 60s folk singers Bud & Travis. (The entertainers pondered sprinkling their plates with sesame seeds and selling them as licorice pizzas.)

Anderson, 51, grew up in the valley and has spent most of his life there.

“Listen, I’m aware of its shortcomings. I know this is not the most beautiful place to stay in Los Angeles. But it’s home! He told The Times’ Glenn Whipp in 2018. “And it’s just going to be what you love. I could spend my whole life here – I’m in the middle of spending my whole life here. ”

“Licorice Pizza” will have a limited release on November 26th and expand nationwide on December 25th.

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