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(1991)

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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).
The license plate 2GAT123 also appears in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Go (1999), Pay It Forward (2000), Traffic (2000), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Mulholland Dr. (2001), S.W.A.T. (2003), and Two and a Half Men (2003). It is the California standard fictional license plate, analogous to a "555" telephone number.
Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant were married at that time.
Sarah Jessica Parker has stated that this film changed her career. Up until this point she had always played mousy girls or the best friend. She said that no one in Hollywood had thought of her as "sexy." Once she was cast in this role, several new doors opened for her.
The name of the hotel in Santa Barbara is "El Pollo del Mar" which translates as "Chicken of the Sea."
The freeway sign was programmed to deliver its messages in multiple languages so it wouldn't have to be dubbed in foreign-language release.
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.
Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) quotes poems that Martin previously quoted in The Man with Two Brains (1983).
The opening sequence is a reference to Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960).
While Harris (Steve Martin) and Sara (Victoria Tennant) visit the graveyard, Harris reveals to Sara the tombstone of Shakespeare. This foreshadows their encounter with the gravedigger played by Rick Moranis and resulting conversation which is a spoof of Act 5 - Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet".
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In the 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.
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The movie was pitched as a response to New York Stories (1989).
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Several scenes in the various teasers and trailers were cut from the actual release.
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Even though the film had several great songs, a soundtrack for this film was never released.
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John Lithgow played the part of Harry Zel, a movie agent that Harris contacts after being fired. The part was cut, but there are still references to his character in the film: during the freeway shoot-out, and in the "California Cuisine" luncheon.
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Scott Bakula's role as Harris' boxer neighbor was filmed, but cut.
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Scenes where Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) is told that "skipping is the perfect compromise", and where Harris skips across the street were shown in trailers, but not in the movie.
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Sir Patrick Stewart (Mr. Perdue) and Scott Bakula (Harris' neighbor) both played the Captain of the starship Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise. Stewart played Captain Jean-Luc Picard (U.S.S. Enterprise-D and E) in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). Whereas Bakula played Captain Jonathan Archer (U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01) in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
The type of cup of coffee that Steve Martin ordered at the café was a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon
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According to Steve Martin's autobiography "Born Standing Up", this movie's inspiration came from the traditional Irish ballad song "Maid of Coolmore".
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Types of cups of coffee ordered at the restaurant were a decaf coffee, a decaf expresso, a double decaf cappuccino, a decaf coffee ice cream, and a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon
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The film was nominated for the American Film Institute's top 100 funniest movies in American cinema "AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Laughs" list.
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The last movie to be reviewed by legendary critic Pauline Kael before her retirement. (February 11, 1991 edition of The New Yorker.)
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Steve Martin once said of this picture in Morris Wayne Walker's book "Steve Martin: The Magic Years" (1999): "My mature film career started with All of Me (1984) and ends with L.A. Story (1991)".
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Second and final of two movies that former partners Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant made together. The first had been All of Me (1984).
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The movie features three songs sung by Enya. They are: "Epona" (from "Enya"), "Exile" (from "Watermark"); and "On Your Shore".
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Fourth and final cinema movie collaboration of Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.
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This movie's opening title card reads: "Los Angeles - Temperature 72°".
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Cameo 

Paula Abdul: Uncredited, as a roller skater in front of Tail O' the Pup.
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Rick Moranis: Uncredited, as the gravedigger.
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Chevy Chase: Uncredited, as Carlo Christopher at L'Idiot.
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Iman: As Cynthia at luncheon.
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Terry Jones: The Monty Python star is heard uncredited as the voice of Sara's (Victoria Tennant's) mother.
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Woody Harrelson: Uncredited, as Harris' Boss at the television station.
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Martin Lawrence: Uncredited.
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