L.A. Without a Map (1998)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 July 1999 (France)
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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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Joy's Dad
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Bradford Woman
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Spielberg Man
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Young Porter


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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Unusual and charming love story, likeable characters
16 November 2000 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

I realize that I should not comment on other peoples comments, but sometimes it just p***es me of how low the rating is.

L.A. Without a Map is not really a "romantic comedy" a la Meg Ryan/Sandra Bullock, but it IS very romantic and sometimes funny and sad. The main character is a pretty strange man, and the female character is far from being "a good girl". I would catalogize it as Tragic comedy/Drama. This movie is probably an example of how "non-standard" films are unpopular with many people. DO NOT watch this movie if you like Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The lighting here is dark and realistic almost like a documentary at times. The characters are real characters with depth. Tennant and Shaw are great. Unlike a "romantic comedy" the ending is not retarded and predictable. Tennant is the last person you would expect as the "hero" of a "romantic comedy". He gives the movie depth and realism. All characters of the move are actually anti-heroes. The movie is still funny and positive and deeply human.

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