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17 Invaluable Life Lessons We Learned From "Mystic Pizza"

The 1988 coming-of-age drama starring Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish, and Lili Taylor taught us many things about love, lobster, shopping, and hitchhiking. And 25 years later, the advice holds up almost as strongly as Julia's luscious locks.

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of Mystic Pizza, it's time to celebrate what the Arujo sisters, vixen Daisy (Julia Roberts) and future Yalee Kat (Annabeth Gish), and their best friend Jojo (Lil Taylor) taught the children of the '80s who loved it and Matt Damon fans who discovered the movie years later as the first credited speaking role on his resume.

From advice on marriage to valuing tradition, read on to revisit the sleepy Connecticut town where the hair was huge and the pizza sauce secrets were even bigger.


7. The married guy isn't going to leave his wife for you.*

As Daisy tells Kat, "If you believe this 30-year-old guy is going to leave his wife and live happily ever after with you, you're living in a fuckin' romance novel."

*Unless you're Meredith Grey.


13. Everyone has to start somewhere.

The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Matt Damon included and his start was Mystic Pizza. In his first speaking part, the Oscar winner played Steamer, the youngest of Windsor children, who wasn't too knowledgable about lobster parts.


17. Some secrets need to be taken to the grave.

Seriously, Leona, WHAT DO YOU PUT IN THE PIZZA?!