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Lost in America (1985)


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Bored with their cushy suburban existence, yuppie David (Albert Brooks) talks his wife Linda (Julie Hagerty) into selling everything they own and hitting the road to "see America." As a starting-over gesture, David and Linda are romantically remarried in Las Vegas -- which, ironically, proves to be the beginning of the end of their idyll. In short order, Linda loses their life's savings, the couple nearly self-destructs at Hoover Dam, they take blue-collar jobs in a go-nowhere Arizona town,



Apr 3, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1) | DVD (4)

Amusing satire on yuppies having a mid-life crisis.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It is, I think, Brooks' masterpiece -- nothing inessential, one great scene after another, just flat-out perfect. Stanley Kubrick was an Albert Brooks fan for a reason.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source:

A complete joy from start to finish! See it before you take to the wide-open road!

October 26, 2008
Tsunami Magazine

This sharply observed satire about disillusioned yuppies is Brooks' chef d'oeuvre and first commercial success, a film with an hero that's less obnoxious than the usual and a wonderful partner too, played by Julie Hagerty

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

An amusingly bumpy ride.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

One Albert Brooks' best, laughs throughout.

January 5, 2005

New Yorkers have Woody Allen. Middle America has Albert Brooks.

June 22, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Depends on your Albert Brooks' tolerance. Mine is low.

November 20, 2003 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A movie whose parts are greater than its whole. There are some great moments in this film, but the overall structure is jarring, especially the way it just suddenly ends.

September 27, 2002

There is no santy claus

July 26, 2002
Hot Button

In this well-realized and very relevant movie, Brooks manages to make us ponder the quiet desperation of our working lives and the sharp edges of our fantasies.

April 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

So good throughout that the film easily had the potential to be great.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Lost in America

Satirical view over suburban people, "trip to find American freedon", dreams and problems of new couples. Neurotic adventure comedy with great screenplay, Lost in America is a more realistic National Lampoon' s Vacation.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

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A couple abandons their life in the suburbs to head out on the open road until they lose their nest egg in Vegas.
There are some very funny moments in Albert Brooks's script. I especially enjoyed some of the one-liners like "There's no one here I could quit to" and "If Liberace had children, this [cheap bridal suite with heart-shaped single beds] would be their room." But Brooks's neurotic delivery loses its charm, and there's something too aggressive about it. Contrasted to Woody Allen, who rarely seems threatening, Brooks seems too edgy, too close to dangerous, so that we can't laugh because we're too busy hoping he doesn't hurt someone.
Julie Hagerty is, of course, hilarious. Her sweet voice and soft temperament make her a delightful contrast to Brooks.
I also like the film's main idea. It's a satire of the yuppies' obsession with "finding oneself" on the road a la Easy Rider, which is often referenced in the film. In the voice of an employment agent, who says, "You couldn't change your life on a hundred thousand dollars a year?" Brooks needles the generation with one of the cushiest births possible.
However, I thought the film moved slowly, and there were scenes that were meant to be funny - David's pursuit of his wife at the Hoover Dam and Linda's obsession with twenty-two on the roulette table - but they failed to be all that amusing.
Overall, Lost in America is a very good satire, but not all satire leads to hilarity.
August 28, 2011
Jim Hunter

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David Howard: He'll buy that boat from that stupid boat catalog he's been making me look at for the last two months, and he will crash that boat off Catalina Island, and he will drown and die and seals will eat him.

I'm a big Albert Brooks fan. From his little parts in movies like Out of Sight to a turn to voice acting in Finding Nemo and his various Simpsons characters, I find his comic sense hilarious. The movies he has written and directed himself I always seem to find to hit the right note.

David Howard: Shut up Brad! Your song stunk, I hate your suit and I could hurt you!

Here Brooks plays David, a yuppie living in LA making a lot of money as an Advertising Exec. For reasons only he could justify, David leaves his job and convinces his wife Linda, played by Julie Hagerty, to quit hers.

They develop a plan to liquidate all of their assets, giving them a large nest egg of money, buy a Winnebago and hit the road to find themselves and live off the road for the rest of their lives. However, this plan is almost immediately thwarted when Linda gambles away all of the nest egg in one night in Las Vegas.

David Howard: Why didn't you tell me when we got married that you were this horrible gambling addict? It's like when you have a venereal disease - you tell somebody!
Linda Howard: I've only gambled twice in my life... This was the second time.

With very, very few options, David and Linda must figure out what to do.

The plot certainly isn't taken to its fullest by the time it reaches the end, but the movie is very funny throughout. It once again comes down to Brooks' presentation of his comedic sense. It also helps that Hagerty is a great foil to Brooks' character, as well as a great scene between Brooks and Gary Marshall.

The movie is very funny throughout and a good look at a twist on 80s yuppie life.

[at Hoover Dam]
David Howard: Nice dam, huh? Do you want to go first, or should I?
August 27, 2008

Super Reviewer

Seemed very short, but then again I watched this while I was on an RV trip and it was only on in the background at first. I wasn't fully paying attention to some of the early parts. I didn't find it as funny as I expected it to be. The movie should be called Lost in Las Vegas because that is the only major destination the couple has. The couple stays in a casino hotel though the point of RVing is that it is a home on wheels with a bed and kitchen and everything. She loses most of their money and they try for awhile to find entry level jobs in a small town. They then quickly decide to go beg for their old jobs back in New York. There is a cheap shortcut music montage film trick to cover all the time it takes for them to drive back to New York. They don't live free on the road. They don't see America. Disappointing!
April 10, 2009

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