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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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Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
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Maitre D' at Brunch (as Eddie DeHarp)
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Storyline

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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8 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Los Angeles Story  »

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$28,862,081 (USA)
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Scenes where Harris is told that "skipping is the perfect compromise", and where Harris skips across the street were shown in trailers but not in the movie. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Harris: Let us just say I was deeply unhappy, but I didn't know it because I was so happy all the time.
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Just before the credits begin, the freeway sign flashes the message, "WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO IS DIRECT" See more »

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References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

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You Drive Me To Distraction
Written by Chaz Sanford (as Chas Sanford) and Charles A. Judge (as Charles Judge)
Performed by Big World
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Nostalgic and very witty tale. A bit uneven but will serve well in the memory.
14 February 2003 | by (Dungarvan, Ireland) – See all my reviews

LA Story is a funny and very inventive comedy drama, even though the real love affair is with LA itself. When looking at the storyline, it does look a bit odd, (man receiving love advice from a freeway sign?) but this helps give it a more surreal and somewhat magical edge.

The acting is very good all across the board, even from a non-man-eating Sarah Jessica Parker. It has a lot of quotable dialogue, (she's not young she'll be 27 in 4 years) and some passable cameos from Rick Moranis, Patrick Stewart and Chevy Chase.

Perhaps some scenes get a bit too sentimental and make the film seem a bit uneven. But I think this helps improve the shape of its overall atmosphere, and make it heart-warming and not just a bit of gas.

LA Story is an underrated classic. It's consistently enjoyable, nicely acted and highly memorable. 7.5 out of 10.


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