When I was watching Mystic Pizza for the first time in many years, something occurred to me: this movie has nothing to do with pizza. Obviously the pizza is what I focused on when I was 10. But now I am much wiser and that pizza definitely does not look appetizing. It also helps that I understand what “nympho” means. All of this has allowed me to have a more nuanced reading of this great coming-of-age film. And so, this is what I learned from Mystic Pizza.
Two of my favorite moments from It Happened One Night (1934), starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
Ellie: By the way, what’s your name?
Peter Warne: What’s that?
Ellie: Who are you?
Peter Warne: Who me? [smiling]
Peter Warne: I’m the whippoorwill that cries in the night. I’m the soft morning breeze that caresses your lovely face.
Ellie: You’ve got a name, haven’t you?
Peter Warne: Yeah, I got a name. Peter Warne.
Ellie: Peter Warne. I don’t like it.
Peter Warne: Don’t let it bother you. You’re giving it back to me in the morning.
Ellie: Pleased to meet you, Mr. Warne.
Peter Warne: The pleasure is all mine, Mrs. Warne.
Ellie: I’ll stop that car, and I won’t use my thumb!
[after Ellie stops a car by showing her leg]
Peter Warne: Why didn’t you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped forty cars.
Ellie: Well, ooo, I’ll remember that when we need forty cars.