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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Did You Know?


Sarah Jessica Parker has stated that this film changed her career. Up until this point she had always played mousy girls or the best friend. She said that no one in Hollywood had thought of her as "sexy." Once she was cast in this role several new doors opened for her. See more »


After running into Sara and Roland in the museum, Harris picks himself up off the floor saying "I get that," but his lips are clearly saying something else. See more »


Harris: I don't think we should make love, all right?
SanDeE*: Okay, we'll just have sex.
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits begin, the freeway sign flashes the message, "WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO IS DIRECT" See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.9 (2005) See more »


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Written by Chip Taylor
Performed by Seeds of Love featuring Jimmie Wood
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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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