Licorice Pizza comes together by never really coming together. Not unlike driving backwards, it eventually reaches its destination, albeit memorably unconventionally, and a little precariously. It’s coming-of-age meander- stunted, naive, or otherwise- is entirely the delicious point.
The lion’s share of any specific praise for Bright Angel tends to go to Lili Taylor, a still-fresh face on the scene at the time. The role of Lucy is manna for any actor, a character both laid bare while also impenetrable.