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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-90s Los Angeles.

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Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
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Bob, News Anchor
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Gail, News Anchor
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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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$28,862,081 (USA)
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There are numerous references to William Shakespeare: the gravedigger scene is from "Hamlet", Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) quotes Shakespeare twice, and the story-line contains elements from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (with the two confused couples exchanging lovers) and "The Tempest" (with a magic storm stranding the lovers, the gods (in the form of stone lions) blessing the couple, and a character named Ariel). See more »

Goofs

The close up of the airliner's throttle levers towards the end of the movie shows that there are four throttle levers, one for each of the four engines. The next shot is of a taxiing DC-10 which only has three engines and would only have three throttle levers. See more »

Quotes

[Trudi admits to Harris that she has been cheating on him]
Harris: How long has this been going on?
Trudi: Three years.
Harris: Three years? You mean this has been going on since the '80s?
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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

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.132 (2012) 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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Still a Classic Gem Twelve Years Later
24 November 2003 | by (Pacific Northwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, I was raised in the LA area, so I appreciate "LA Story" more than many might, but it's still just an incredibly wonderful romantic comedy regardless of where you grew up. The script is fabulous, and the soundtrack featuring the music of Enya is the perfect counterpoint to this wonderfully wicked lampoon of Southern California culture.

The humor is much more intelligent than early Steve Martin features such as "The Jerk", but it isn't snobbish. It has wit, charm, and pure satirical funniness. Whether it's watching Martin roller-skate through a museum of Old Masters, seeing a restaurant full of jaded Californians casually ride out a minor earthquake as their tables gracefully vibrate across the room, or the absurdity of a freeway sign giving out cryptic personal messages that change the course of the principal character's lives, the movie simply works.

Steve Martin is at his best here, equal to his wonderful performance in "Roxanne". Victoria Tennant is the perfect choice as the off-beat, tuba-playing British journalist Martin's character falls for. Sarah Jessica Parker is absolutely priceless as SanDeE* (that's her spelling, not a typo), the young would-be spokesmodel/bimbette who "likes to point". Even Rick Moranis as the comedic Cockney grave digger is wonderful, despite his having one of the least believable accents since Dick van Dyck as the chimneysweep Bert in "Mary Poppins". Forget the comment about Moranis' accent... you'll enjoy him anyway.

Overall, this is one of my two favorite movies of all time, and considering how many I've enjoyed, that's saying volumes.


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