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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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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  »

Box Office


$28,862,081 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When driving along Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Diego, both cars are heading north rather than south, based on the Pacific Ocean being west of the highway; San Diego is south of Los Angeles. See more »


SanDeE*: I don't put any pressure on you, do I?
Harris: Not at all... I don't pressure you, do I?
SanDeE*: No, no, I just don't think there should be any pressure.
Harris: No. Tell me if I pressure you.
SanDeE*: OK. And you too, but don't feel like you have to.
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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 Night on Earth (1991) See more »


Ain't That A Shame
Written by Fats Domino (as Antoine "Fats" Domino) and David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew)
Performed by Fats Domino
Courtesy of Heritage Entertainment, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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A story well told

Steve Martin plays Harris K. Telemacher, a funny weatherman who's in a relationship with Trudi (Marilu Henner) but falls for a British journalist Sara McDowel (Victoria Tennant).He also meets an energetic young woman SanDeE (Sarah Jessica Parker) on the way.He gets some important messages from a freeway sign like that the weather will change his life in two ways.L.A. Story (1991) is a great romantic fantasy comedy from Mick Jackson.It's written by Steve Martin, who also gives an amazing performance in the lead.This 59 year old comedian has made us laughed in many hilarious movies in the past.Hopefully he still will do so in the future.Let's see how he can fill the shoes of Peter Sellers in the upcoming Pink Panther movie.Other actors do a great job as well.Sarah Jessica Parker can be seen there before she was a huge star.This year she stopped working in Sex and the City after six years.You can also see, more or less, people like Richard E. Grant, Iman, Rick Moranis, Chevy Chase, Kevin Pollak, Patrick Stewart and Woody Harrelson.L.A. Story is a declaration of love to Los Angeles like Woody Allen has made many to New York.This movie is full of extremely funny scenes.I found myself laughing many times watching this movie.Isn't that what makes a good comedy?

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