Lost in America

1985

Lost in America

Critics Consensus

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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Two dissatisfied yuppies leave their suburban lives behind and embark on a journey to rediscover America and themselves. This idea proves to be far more attractive in theory than actuality -- this satirical comedy follows the descent of the couple's idyllic journey as it rapidly descends into nightmarish confusion.

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Cast

Julie Hagerty
as Linda Howard
Albert Brooks
as David Howard
Garry Marshall
as Casino Manager
Donald Gibb
as Ex-Convict
Ernie Brown
as Pharmacist
Art Frankel
as Employment Agent
Sylvia Farrel
as Receptionist
Candy Ann Brown
as David's Secretary
Brandy Rubin
as Paul Dunn's Secretary
Robert Hughes
as Security Guard
John Di Fusco
as Motorcyclist
Michael Cornelison
as Front Desk Clerk
Radu Gavor
as Bellman
John C. Reade
as Casino Security Guard
Pat Garrison
as Roulette Croupier
Byron Tong
as Roulette Player
Gayle Lanza
as Hostess
Charles Boswell
as Highway Patrolman
Herb Nanas
as Mercedes Driver
Rex Reed (II)
as Himself (on radio)
Zeke Manners
as Trailer Park Man
Bea Manners
as Trailer Park Woman
Mark Sydney
as Boy on Bicycle
David Katz
as Boy on Bicycle
Raul Flores
as Boy on Bicycle
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Critic Reviews for Lost in America

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (3)

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

    Oct 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.

    Mar 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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With co-writer Monica Johnson, his collaborator on Real Life and Modern Romance, Brooks has scripted the perfect outing for his gifts.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Packed to the gills with Albert Brooks' signature dialog, and played to the hilt by both leads, Lost in America has a long set-up. But it's a testament to Brook's clever characterization.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Brooks explodes the Kerouac fantasy by depicting two of the most uptight, urban people in the world trying to live it out.

    Aug 9, 2017 | 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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