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L.A. Without a Map (1998)

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A British writer pursues a young actress to Hollywood and needs all the help he can get to win her love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Peers ...
Vicar
Steve Huison ...
Billy
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Richard
Margo Stanley ...
Mrs. Blenkinsop
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Barbara
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Joy
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Joy's Dad
Margi Clarke ...
Bradford Woman
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Himself
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Jean-Mimi
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Julie
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Spielberg Man
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Sandra
Michael Campbell ...
Young Porter
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Michael
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An "aspiring Hollywood actress" (Vinessa Shaw), on a visit to a charming North England town, has a brief fling with the town undertaker (David Tennant), who also writes obituaries for the local paper. Returning home, where she works as a waitress at a Japanese restaurant, she tells everyone about the handsome "writer" she met on her trip. Unfortunately, he decides to follow her back to Hollywood, setting up the expected light romantic comedy with asides as the newcomer gains experience about the goings on in Hollywood. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Los Angeles Without a Map  »

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Johnny Depp didn't take any money for his cameo. See more »

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Just like looking at a huge white wall.
2 October 1999 | by (Helsinki, Finland.) – See all my reviews

As a director, Mika Kaurismäki is definitely not as talented as his brother Aki, the drawer of great films like La vie de bohéme and Drfiting Clouds. L.A. Without a Map has nothing in it, and proves with "Condition Red" and "Last Border" that Mika Kaurismäki has lost his touch of directing. With "L.A." M. Kaurismäki tries to make a some sort of a satire of Hollywood, and connects it to a love story of a british undertaker and a lovely waitress from Hollywood. David Tennant and Vinessa Shaw play the main characters with out any kind of charisma. When Tennant's undertaker wants to be a writer and Shaw's waitress wants to be an actress in any cost, their relationship in Hollywood seems to be an impossible thing to work out.

Vincent Gallo and Julie Delpy make a charming couple in the film, but their chracters are very poorly sketched. Johnny Depp and Jerzy Skolimowski make funny cameos.

L.A. Without a Map won't make you laugh when it's supposed to, trust me. But it's not as bad you might expect, it's not a pathetic picture. Kaurismäki has only made a film that will easily erase from memory. And because of that, you can safely watch it. But that's not much.


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