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L.A. Story

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Mick Jackson

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About the Movie

A wacky TV weatherman loses his job after taking off yet another weekend - after all, he figures, L.A. weather never changes, does it? And his personal life is a mess too, because his relationship with his long-time girlfriend has gone kaput. Everything looks pretty dismal, when he unexpectedly meets a British journalist on assignment in L.A. and falls instantly in love. He fears he has no chance with her, but while driving down a L.A. freeway, he suddenly realizes that one of the highway signs is trying to communicate with him. He stops to read the messages, takes a risk, and trusts in them to save his life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like Mr. Martin himself, L.A. Story seems basically decent, intelligent and sweet. It's a fanciful romantic comedy whose wildest and craziest notion is that Los Angeles, for all of its eccentricities, is a great place to live. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Feb 2, 2009

Fresh: 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. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 8, 2017

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Customer Reviews

This Eden. This Los Angeles!

Okay, sometimes when people ask what my favorite film is I'll say Citizen Kane, Casablanca, the Seven Samurai or one of the other acceptable answers educated people are supposed to exchange, but in truth LA Story is my favorite film. Every line, every shot, every concept is brilliant. It's smart, funny and brilliant. It combines subtle wit, broad humor, absurdist situations and honest insights for a completely original film experience. So, to paraphrase one of the most brilliant scenes in the film, let us assume that there's something I could say or do to make you buy this film. Now let's assume I've already done it.

A cute and hysterical love story

Steve Martin is at his best in this film. I originally saw this movie back in 1991 and have enjoyed it ever since. It's a love story that also pokes fun at Los Angeles in the early 1990's. This movie has an all-star cast, including Sarah Jessica Parker, long before she starred in 'Sex In The City', as SanDeE* (you'll have to watch the film to understand what that's all about). The on-screen chemistry between Martin and his then-wife Victoria Tennant is simply charming. The film is also sprinkled with songs by Enya, another great artist, and it helps to tie the movie together nicely. You won't regret this purchase.

All time favorite movie

This is one of the best Steve Martin movies out there. For me, it's become a cult favorite. "You cannot have the duck!" gets me everytime.

L.A. Story
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1991

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