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L.A. Story (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 8 February 1991 (USA)
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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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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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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EASTER EGG: On the DVD, click left on the main menu. When the taillights of the car light up, hit ENTER. A short interview with the director is shown about his opinions of the movie. Also, on the Special Features menu, press left to have the traffic sign light up (says "KISS HER") and you see a similar interview with Steve Martin. See more »

Goofs

As Sarah tells Harris of her weekend plans with her ex-husband, her hands change position on the car door between shots. See more »

Quotes

Harris: Ordinarily, I don't like to be around interesting people because it means I have to be interesting too.
Sara: Are you saying I'm interesting?
Harris: All I'm saying is that, when I'm around you, I find myself showing off, which is the idiot's version of being interesting.
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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 The Man with Two Brains (1983) See more »

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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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Nostalgic and very witty tale. A bit uneven but will serve well in the memory.
14 February 2003 | by 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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