In 2021, Licorice Pizza charmed audiences across the world, even if its main characters exposed an age gap between them that might make some protest. Movies like these prove that age is nothing but a number and youthfulness can simply be a part of one’s spirit up until the very end of their days. But, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, young people under the age of twenty-five are showing signs of being worn down by the panic, isolation, and crisis the world is facing each day. While UNESCO reports that more than 830 million lost access to education during the pandemic, other statistics say mental health issues, too, are at an all-time high. Maybe that is why individuals turn to movies in times of need, whether it is to see themselves reflected on the screen or find a slice of life to escape into for a brief period. Cha Cha Real Smooth is one of the movies fitting that bill quite well.
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