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L.A. Story (1991)

Cast: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, more...
Director: Mick Jackson
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

Steve Martin wrote and stars in this look at the promise and dreamtime of Los Angeles culture. Martin stars as Harris K. Telemacher, a light-hearted television weatherman who does wacky comedy in lieu of reports since, being in L.A., he has very little weather to report. He spends his time roller-skating through museums and spending time with California's beautiful people. But Telemacher is fired and discovers that his girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner) is having an affair. He walks away from the relationship and re-evaluates his life, getting advice from a friendly electronic highway road sign. The sign suggests that he call SanDeE (Sarah Jessica Parker), a sprightly and attractive Valley Girl he met in a clothing store. With SanDeE he experiences a liberating and carefree spirit. But Telemacher comes to realize that he has actually fallen in love with Sara (Victoria Tennant), a tuba-playing British journalist who is in California to do a feature on Los Angeles lifestyles. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Has its moments, but... by dsroberti March 10, 2005 - 10:41 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie starts off strong, with some fun parodies of the LA lifestyle -- traffic, trendy restaurants and a sense of being at the center of it all.

It runs into some problems, however, when Steve Martin inexplicably falls in love with a visiting journalist. We never really get to know why he likes her, as she seems fairly unlikable. What it lacks in character development, however, it makes up for in Enya. The deeper the emotional intensity, the louder the Enya.

The movie never settles on a voice -- is it a slapstick comedy, a romance, a drama? As it veers in one direction then another, it leaves the viewer disconnected, not laughing and waiting for the closing credits.

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(Average 7.01)
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