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?


Several scenes in the various teasers and trailers were cut from the actual release. See more »


As Harris is driving south on the 110 freeway after the "Open Season on the L.A. Freeway scene", you see absolutely no traffic on the northbound side, even though it is mid-day. See more »


Trudi: He said it's the first day of spring.
Harris: Oh shit! Open season on the L.A. freeway!
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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 »


La Mer
Written by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Still a Classic Gem Twelve Years Later
24 November 2003 | by (Pacific Northwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, I was raised in the LA area, so I appreciate "LA Story" more than many might, but it's still just an incredibly wonderful romantic comedy regardless of where you grew up. The script is fabulous, and the soundtrack featuring the music of Enya is the perfect counterpoint to this wonderfully wicked lampoon of Southern California culture.

The humor is much more intelligent than early Steve Martin features such as "The Jerk", but it isn't snobbish. It has wit, charm, and pure satirical funniness. Whether it's watching Martin roller-skate through a museum of Old Masters, seeing a restaurant full of jaded Californians casually ride out a minor earthquake as their tables gracefully vibrate across the room, or the absurdity of a freeway sign giving out cryptic personal messages that change the course of the principal character's lives, the movie simply works.

Steve Martin is at his best here, equal to his wonderful performance in "Roxanne". Victoria Tennant is the perfect choice as the off-beat, tuba-playing British journalist Martin's character falls for. Sarah Jessica Parker is absolutely priceless as SanDeE* (that's her spelling, not a typo), the young would-be spokesmodel/bimbette who "likes to point". Even Rick Moranis as the comedic Cockney grave digger is wonderful, despite his having one of the least believable accents since Dick van Dyck as the chimneysweep Bert in "Mary Poppins". Forget the comment about Moranis' accent... you'll enjoy him anyway.

Overall, this is one of my two favorite movies of all time, and considering how many I've enjoyed, that's saying volumes.

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