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October, as they say, is National Pizza Month. I decided to write my first movie review for Unleash Your Inner Foodie as a set of mini-reviews. Pizza comes in countless styles and flavors. Some could say it is one of the most popular foods and most beloved foods. We all have own own favorites when it comes to toppings, sauces, crust density, delivery places, or frozen offerings. Pizza is beloved to people of all ages and lifestyles. Due to the diversity pizza offers, pizza has also come into play in various movie genres for various movie goers.
Here are some various movies where Pizza has made an appearance:
For the pizza eater who loves Romantic Comedies: MYSTIC PIZZA
Mystic Pizza is a wonderful coming of age movie that follows three sisters dealing with life, love, and marriage all while working in a pizza parlor. Julia Roberts (pre-Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman), Annabeth Gish, and Lili Taylor star as the three sisters who are all caught in their own romantic struggles. Mystic Pizza is the name of the locally family owned parlor the sisters work at that is known for it’s secret sauce. There is a fun scene where the ladies and the cook are discussing how business has been slow and what they might have to do to boost sales. Lili Taylor’s character suggests making designer pizzas full of fancy toppings and flavors. The others sisters applaud what a great idea that could be. The cook stops them in their tracks and discusses the importance of the legacy of the family recipe and the family line that has passed on this recipe. It’s ends with the always important quote, “You don’t monkey with tradition”.
Here’s the trailer:
For the pizza eater who loves ’80s Guy Comedies: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
One of my favorite movies from the ’80s is the classic comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I will admit, it’s not a movie for everyone. Written by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything) and directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless), Fast Times at Ridgemont High is your classic high school comedy full of characters you can relate too. Sean Penn made an early name for himself starring as the always stoned, Jeff Spicoli. His scenes are by far the funniest scenes in the movie when his character tests the limits of his all-too-serious teacher, Mr. Hand (terrific Ray Walston). Jeff decides it would be a great idea to have a pizza delivered while he is in class. That would make perfect sense for a character like Spicoli. It also leads to another outburst by Mr. Hand. Let’s just say it doesn’t quite the way Spicoli imagined his lunch to go.
For the pizza eater that may also be under the age of 12: HOME ALONE
One of my favorite movies as a kid was Home Alone. I remember laughing so hard when I saw it in the theaters. Okay, I will admit it. I still laugh every Christmas when I re-watch it. Home Alone is about a mis-understood kid who gets left alone when his parents accidentally leave him at home when they travel to Paris for Christmas. Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McAllister who, like any kid, LOVES pizza. However, he only likes plain cheese pizza. The night before the McAllisters leave for Paris, they order a stack of pizzas. Kevin comes to the table a little too late to find that his annoying brother, Buzz, has eaten the last of the cheese pizza. Mayhem ensues that gets Kevin sent up to the attic for the rest of the evening. There is another fun scene where Kevin scares away a pizza delivery man while playing a scene from a gangster movie. While Kevin is home alone, he finds out two burglars have been been breaking into his neighbors houses while everyone is away on vacation. He realizes he is the man of the house and he must defend it. Total craziness happens when the burglars enter his house of booby traps. Home Alone is one of those childhood movies of mine that I still love to watch and laugh along to.
Here’s the trailer:
These are just three of many movies that have pizza making a cameo appearance. Now doesn’t a relaxing night inside full of movies and pizza just sound like the recipe we all need for a night after a long day or long week. Now there are two ways you could approach you next movie night. Comfort pizza with comfort movies. Option 1: You could get delivery from you favorite place with your favorite pizza and watch comfort movies you can recite the movie dialogue to. Option 2: Make two mini home made pizzas. Try new toppings, try different flavor combinations, crust thick/thinness, etc… After the pizzas are ready, watch a few movies that may seem a little outside your comfort zone. Try a foreign movie or an independent movie. You just never know what you might like if you step outside your safe zone. ~Paul
Meet Paul McGuire: Paul McGuire has been watching movies as far back as he can remember. Movies have been a huge passion of his. Whether it’s seeing movies in the theater, renting movies, buying movies, or brushing up on his movie trivia, movies are a huge part of Paul’s life. ” I think my passion of the cinema is what caused me to be an actor in life. I’ve always wanted to be an actor and I am fulfilling that dream as an actor in the Minneapolis/St. Paul theater community. My favorite movie of all time is Rob Reiner’s “Stand By Me”. That movie touches me for so many different reasons. Some of my idols when it comes to the cinema inlcude: Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, James Stewart, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Kline, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock.” Check out Paul’s blog at : http://elblogdepmcg.blogspot.com