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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 1990s Los Angeles.

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Bob, News Anchor
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Maitre D' at Brunch (as Eddie DeHarp)
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Rap Waiter at L'Idiot
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,616,915, 10 February 1991, Wide Release

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$28,862,081
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Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) quotes poems that Martin previously quoted in The Man with Two Brains (1983). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Trudi is loading a gun]
Harris: Don't point it at me!
Trudi: Sorry, I don't know gun etiquette.
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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 »


Soundtracks

On Your Shore
Written by Enya, Roma Ryan and Nicky Ryan
Performed by Enya
Courtesy of WEA Records Limited / Geffen Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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an oddly charming story
17 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Outwardly, it's a ridiculous plot line. Steve Martin as the sensitive, wacky weatherman... falling in love with a British woman and somehow accidentally getting involved with the Sex in the City girl along the way. The reality of it is, though, there are so many charming details in the movie... vivid images and pictures painted in various scenes alluding to the childlike innocence of falling in love, the magic of letting yourself go and following the advice of an electric traffic sign... this movie become more enjoyable as you watch it more and shouldn't that be how a movie should be? Shouldn't it get more enjoyable instead of LESS enjoyable like most movies made today, that start with a shock and go downhill? Steve Martin shines throughout this movie and you share his gleeful moments... for example after he's tickled to find that his wife is having an affair with his agent and he converts his make-believe-shock into a dance as he approaches his then-a-symbol-of-affluence LeBaron in the street... when he tosses his hat to himself after he sets up another way to see the woman he is falling for... Simultaneously, though, you share his confusion as to how to handle the relationship with the over-energetic, giddy 23 year old he's accidentally fallen into bed with along the way. This is a complex movie that presents itself so innocently, you can't help but enjoy it. And, as a tribute to the brilliance of "The Man With Two Brains," he even manages to insert a portion of the (now legendary) "Pointy Birds" poem. In all, this is a worthwhile experience if you're willing to watch it all the way through. This is a movie for Steve Martin fans, because his unique, sensitive, accessible brand of humor and (more importantly) of life is apparent throughout.


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