Lost in America 1985

Lost in America

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A satire of the American fantasy of leaving it all behind, Lost in America features some of Albert Brooks' best, most consistent writing and cultural jabs.

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After being snubbed at his advertising job, Los Angeles yuppie David Howard (Albert Brooks) convinces his wife, Linda (Julie Hagerty), to quit her job and join him on a cross-country road trip. The two liquidate their assets and leave the West Coast in a Winnebago, intent on finding themselves and discovering America. But during a stop in Las Vegas, the couple loses their savings at a roulette wheel and begins to see that their idealized notion of the American experience is terribly misguided.

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Critic Reviews for Lost in America

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (1)

  • Brooks, who wrote the script with Monica Johnson, is a highly original comedic spirit.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Too often, things are simply too painfully accurate to be particularly funny. Still, it's hard to fault Brooks' resolutely adult intelligence, and Lost in America - almost in spite of itself, really - is easily his most consistently amusing work to date.

    March 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Lost in America is being called a yuppie comedy, but it's really about the much more universal subjects of greed, hedonism and panic. What makes it so funny is how much we can identify with it.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Brooks' Lost in America is a well-directed and effortlessly entertaining satire of the Reagan era.

    September 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even when sizable blunders burst into unimaginable proportions, it's difficult to be mad at these personas; they're funny when they bicker and charming when they reconnect.

    September 6, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • With co-writer Monica Johnson, his collaborator on Real Life and Modern Romance, Brooks has scripted the perfect outing for his gifts.

    January 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lost in America

  • Jun 21, 2014
    A great assault on yuppie culture. I think the film could have afforded to be a bit longer, but that's a relatively minor complaint. Brooks and Hagerty are hilarious in this.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    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.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2011
    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 <i>Easy Rider</i>, 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, <i>Lost in America</i> is a very good satire, but not all satire leads to hilarity.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2011
    This is a good movie, it takes a while getting there, but it's good. I don't know what it was about the movie, but there was something off about it. There would be parts where I really enjoyed it and parts where I wasn't really enjoying it all. It is a funny movie, but I don't think there were any laugh out loud moments, it's mostly just a satire on the yuppies who are taken out of their element by their own choice and it just fails on an ENORMOUS level. I did like the end, however, when they were like "fuck this, we were wrong...let's go back to our old life." And then they proceed to do that, they make their way to New York and David tries to get his old job back, that he got himself fired from at the beginning of the movie, and the movie just ends. It was random, but it was a good ending, it didn't overstay its welcome. Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty are both great, as is the dialogue. But again, part of it just didn't work for me. Still a good movie, I was expecting better however.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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