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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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Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
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Bob, News Anchor
Gail Grate ...
Gail, 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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$28,862,081 (USA)
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Trivia

In the very first draft of the script it was revealed that the signs could interact with people because an alien disguised as a repair man tampered with it. The role of the alien was written with Jon Pertwee in mind, he couldn't accept it due to failing health. The script was quickly re-written and the alien was written out. See more »

Goofs

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: We've got sun, earth, and atmosphere, and when you've got that, you've got weather!
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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 »

Connections

References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Courtesy of RCA Records, A Division of BMG Music
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One of the best ever in its own way
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film in the theater, I remember the complete emotional reaction I had to it. I had to watch it several more times to really grasp all of the many complicated levels it contains. This film has more layers than a Vadallia Onion, and each one is as sweet and intricate as the next. This film is in many ways the best work Steve Martin has ever done. It reflects the best of his intellectually complicated and sophisticated silliness while also delivering a deeply emotional and spiritual message of self discovery and the eternal hope of love and life. At times poignant and funny concurrently, at other times silly and spiritual together, this film is an entrancing journey into a vision of a better, more hopeful, world. The music used in the film, particularly Enya's contributions, add an profound element of power and beauty to the overall effort. Indeed, the music, and the way it is employed throughout, is a complex layer of the film in and of itself. This film covers the gamut of humanity without being arrogant, and mixes Shakespeare, Saturday Night Live and Existential Philosophy in a VERY entertaining and at the same time inspiring journey. This was one of the few films I have ever seen that made me laugh, cry, smile knowingly and get chills all across my spine virtually at the same time. You will need to watch this remarkable effort more than once to appreciate all of its levels and beauty, its message and musings, its hope and glory while you are laughing and being inspired beyond what seems reasonable for a film all at the same time. This film was never appreciated as it should have been, and it is a rare gem. You will never forget this sweet journey into what could be, and maybe what should be, the real world.


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