L.A. Story

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Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) has the easiest job in the world: he's a TV weatherman in Los Angeles, where the weather is so predictable he tapes his forecasts days in advance. Bored with his job, his life and his relationship with longtime girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner), Harris begins to receive secret messages from an electronic freeway sign near his home, which lead him to pursue romance with a British journalist (Victoria Tennant) and a vapid young model (Sarah Jessica Parker).

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Steve Martin
Harris K. Telemacher
Richard E. Grant
Roland Mackey
Kevin Pollak
Frank Swan
Sam McMurray
Morris Frost
Mario Kassar
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Steve Martin
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Peter Rodgers Melnick
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Andrew Dunn
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Lawrence Miller
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Critic Reviews for L.A. Story

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (2)

  • More to the point, L.A. Story is giddy fun.

    February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Narratively, this crazy-grid comedy is slighter than a plate of California cuisine, but what it lacks in solid bulk it more than makes up for in its neon array of oddball cultural colors.

    February 8, 2017 | Full Review…
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This is a very personal Martin project -- the sweet-souled, nonstop-funny testament of a native Angeleno. Sly and soulful, it's the comedy that dares to be dippy.

    February 2, 2009 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain.

    September 2, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Steve Martin's script, a delightfully scatty account of life in the city of angels, exposes romance lurking beyond the snobbish restaurants and routine muggings...

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for L.A. Story

  • May 19, 2012
    The moments of magic, absurdity, and occasional Shakespeare references are what elevate "L.A. Story" far beyond your typical romantic comedy and into the level of greatness. Martin's screenplay is downright fantastic.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2009
    Pretty funny and heart-warming movie. Has some problems, but overall, it's good.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2009
    this is a very. very funny film. steve martin is fantastic as the wacky weatherman while sarah jessica parker plays a great minor role.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    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.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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