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L.A. Story (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  8 February 1991 (USA)
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With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Forristal ...
Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
Bob, News Anchor
Gail Grate ...
Gail, News Anchor
Eddie De Harp ...
Maitre D' at Brunch (as Eddie DeHarp)
M.C. Shan ...
Rap Waiter at L'Idiot


Harris K Telemacher is a 'wacky weekend weatherman' for a local Los Angeles television station who is searching for meaning in his otherwise cliche ridden Los Angeles life. With the help of an insightful and talkative Freeway sign, Harris embarks on a journey through Los Angeles in pursuit of Sarah, an English reporter who has been sent to the City of Angels to research an article for the London Times. Written by TheMovieHippo

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Something funny is happening in L.A.


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Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los Angeles Story  »

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$28,862,081 (USA)

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The name of the hotel in Santa Barbara is "El Pollo del Mar." That translates to "Chicken of the Sea." See more »


As Sarah tells Harris of her weekend plans with her ex-husband, her hands change position on the car door between shots. See more »


Sara: Why didn't you tell me you had just broke up with someone?
Harris: How do you know I just broke up with someone?
Sara: Because when men just break up with someone, they always run around with someone much too young for them.
Harris: She's not so young. She'll be 27 in four years.
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Crazy Credits

SanDeE* (Sarah Jessica Parker) is very peculiar about how her name is spelled. Still, the character is listed as "Sandy" in the credits. See more »


References Ulysses (1954) See more »


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An amazing satirical snapshot!
13 November 2003 | by (India) – See all my reviews

LA Story is arguably one of the smartest comedies of the early nineties. It never once stops to fall into the sacharine depths that romantic comedies are plagued with, nimbly skipping over them by never leaving the skewed world that it has created. Apart from being a sharp jab at life in LA, it still has a story with heart, and manages to get you interested and involved in all the important characters. And really, nothing tops a talking electronic road sign.

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