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Lost in America (1985)

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A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.

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David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong. Written by Reid Gagle

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22 August 1985 (Argentina)  »

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Reportedly, Seinfeld (1989)'s Larry David once revealed in an interview with 'Laugh Factory' magazine during the 1990s that he he had to keep working hard on the comedy sitcom because when he first was married to his wife, they went to Las Vegas and blew all their money just like the couple did in this movie. See more »

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During the final cross-country montage, as they are approaching New York City, we see the Winnebago driving up the exit ramp from the Lincoln Tunnel, with Manhattan visible in the background. That road is taking them away from Manhattan, into New Jersey, not to Manhattan. See more »

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David Howard: As the boldest experiment in advertising history, you give us our money back.
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New York, New York
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The genius of the individual scenes add up to one comedy classic.
21 June 2001 | by (Ottawa, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Albert Brooks' and Julie Hagerty's portrayals of the definitive yuppie couple are hilarious. They're so typical, especially with their attitude at the beginning about what is important in life, (a house with a tennis court and a Mercedes). Everything Mr. and Ms. Blue Collar America hates about the Reagan-era generation is portrayed here. They have everything, just to have it all blow up in their faces. The success of this film comes from the sum of its small parts. Brooks' phone conversation with Hans, the Mercedes salesman (voiced by Brooks himself), the firing scene with "Brad" and his ad jingle for Ford, the check-in at the Las Vegas hotel, and, of course, Brooks' sales pitch to the casino manager (Gary Marshall), are just a few of the gems, which, when added up result in one of the funniest films ever made.


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