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L.A. Without a Map (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 July 1999 (France)
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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Mika Kaurismäki

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Mika Kaurismäki (screenplay), Richard Rayner (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Peers ... Vicar
Steve Huison ... Billy
David Tennant ... Richard
Margo Stanley Margo Stanley ... Mrs. Blenkinsop
Vinessa Shaw ... Barbara
Saskia Reeves ... Joy
Malcolm Tierney ... Joy's Dad
Margi Clarke ... Bradford Woman
Monte Hellman ... Self
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Jean-Mimi
Julie Delpy ... Julie
Kevin West ... Spielberg Man
Lisa Edelstein ... Sandra
Michael Campbell Michael Campbell ... Young Porter
Joe Dallesandro ... 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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The most expensive film Mika Kaurismäki has made. See more »

Connections

References Species II (1998) See more »

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A Taste of Honey
Written by Bobby Scott (as R W Scott) and Ric Marlow (as Ray Marlow)
Performed by The Rascals and Vincent Gallo
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Not the greatest, but worth a viewing
10 December 2001 | by ptervinSee all my reviews

The film tends to fizzle out, like the bright lights of Hollywood for the main character, Bradford undertaker Richard (David Tennant), but the movie is still worth viewing. I enjoyed it, especially the drab lighting in Bradford turning to the neon colors of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and actress wannabe Barbara (Vinessa Shaw), and then blending to black and white. The two don't stand a chance of working out together, but they do. The character development is shallow and much in the film is predictable enough to draw from it greatness, but the contrasting views (European and America, rich and poor, dreams and reality) give the film just enough spice to make this a good film. Vincent Gallo's character, Moss, is funny, and the cameo appearance by Johnny Depp is good--his poster eyes talk--and should have been played out along with Barbara talking with her dead father. (7/10)


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