L.A. StoryFebruary 8, 1991
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Release Year: 1991
Rating: 6.7/10 (16,888 voted)
Critic's Score: 65/100
Stars: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant
Harris K Telemacher is a 'wacky weekend weatherman' for a local Los Angeles television station who is searching for meaning in his otherwise cliche ridden Los Angeles life. With the help of an insightful and talkative Freeway sign, Harris embarks on a journey through Los Angeles in pursuit of Sarah, an English reporter who has been sent to the City of Angels to research an article for the London Times.
Harris K. Telemacher
Richard E. Grant
Sarah Jessica Parker
Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
Bob, News Anchor
Gail, News Anchor
Eddie De Harp
Maitre D' at Brunch
(as Eddie DeHarp)
Rap Waiter at L'Idiot
Something funny is happening in L.A.
Release Date: 8 February 1991
Filming Locations: 1206 N. Orange Grove Avenue, West Hollywood, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $6,616,915
(10 February 1991)
Did You Know?
Harris (Steve Martin) quotes poems that Martin previously quoted in
The Man with Two Brains.
As Sarah tells Harris of her weekend plans with her ex-husband, her hands change position on the car door between shots.
[after seeing tiny dinner at L'Idiot's]
I'm already finished and I don't remember eating.
Still a Classic Gem Twelve Years Later
Okay, I was raised in the LA area, so I appreciate "LA Story" more than
might, but it's still just an incredibly wonderful romantic comedy
regardless of where you grew up. The script is fabulous, and the
featuring the music of Enya is the perfect counterpoint to this
wicked lampoon of Southern California culture.
The humor is much more intelligent than early Steve Martin features such
"The Jerk", but it isn't snobbish. It has wit, charm, and pure satirical
funniness. Whether it's watching Martin roller-skate through a museum of
Old Masters, seeing a restaurant full of jaded Californians casually ride
out a minor earthquake as their tables gracefully vibrate across the room,
or the absurdity of a freeway sign giving out cryptic personal messages
change the course of the principal character's lives, the movie simply
Steve Martin is at his best here, equal to his wonderful performance in
"Roxanne". Victoria Tennant is the perfect choice as the off-beat,
tuba-playing British journalist Martin's character falls for. Sarah
Parker is absolutely priceless as SanDeE* (that's her spelling, not a
the young would-be spokesmodel/bimbette who "likes to point". Even Rick
Moranis as the comedic Cockney grave digger is wonderful, despite his
one of the least believable accents since Dick van Dyck as the
Bert in "Mary Poppins". Forget the comment about Moranis' accent…
enjoy him anyway.
Overall, this is one of my two favorite movies of all time, and
how many I've enjoyed, that's saying volumes.