David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong.Written by
When Linda loses all their money gambling, David says that he "feels like he's in The Twilight Zone". Albert Brooks might be referring to "The Twilight Zone" (1959) episode "The Fever "(#1.17) in which a man becomes addicted to a slot machine and loses all his and his wife's money. See more »
When the characters are supposedly arriving in New York, it can be clearly seen from the position of the Empire State Building that they are travelling the wrong way. See more »
Linda, quit, I'll wait right here.
Why - I can't quit now.
Yes you can!
No I can't!
I know, but even if I wanted to, my boss isn't here, there's no one I can quit to.
Well, it's time to get out. We have to touch Indians. We have to see the mountains and the prairies and the whole rest of that song. Let's make love right now. I want to have sex with you right here. Right now! Right here!
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Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson have fashioned in their Lost in America screenplay a spot-on portrait of upper middle class malaise and its correspondent affluence atrophy -- and skewered it all with perfect vignettes of accomplished comic finesse. Most fans of this film -- and it certainly has a cult following -- will gleefully cite scenes ranging from the legendary "nest egg" speech to the job service interview as examples of terrific comedy, and I wholeheartedly agree: Lost in America is very funny. Brooks, who not only co-wrote the film but also stars and directs, only falters a bit when it comes to the overall pacing (I thought the section that opens the film spends too much time in Los Angeles before the couple decides to head out for the open road), but this is a minor complaint. Most of the time I am laughing too hard to point out any flaws.
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