Tuesday, October 30, 2012

L.A. Story (1991)

Seen: On our projector set-up, streamed from Miles's computer.

Harris K Telemacher (Steve Martin) is a clever, well-educated aspiring reporter wasting his talents as a "wacky" tv weatherman, socializing with dull, vapid famous people and going to fancy events in Los Angeles. When he meets British journalist Sara (Victoria Tennant), he is instantly smitten, but various romantic attachments on both ends- including her ex-husband Richard Grant and his hot young date Sarah Jessica Parker- keep them from being together. Luckily, a magical billboard, seemingly an embodiment of the city of L.A. itself, helps him through his trials.

So I'll say right away, L.A. Story really doesn't have much actual story to go on, and is basically just an excuse for Steve Martin to make regional jokes and hang out with satirical characters. The romantic plot is ok, not especially engrossing or special, but Martin and Tennant are adorable and the script is hilarious, so as a film it's not really lacking for much. I loved the good-natured digs at Los Angeles (a place I've never visited but feel I know a lot about from the movies), the ridiculous supporting characters, fantastic cameos (most especially Rick Moranis as a Cockney gravedigger, I was elated), and the cutesy fantasy angle. Plus there are multiple scenes set in an art museum, which leads to art jokes! Steve Martin loves art, you guys, for real!

I liked this movie but I don't have a whole lot to say about it. It's funny and sweet, mostly, though sort of meandering. I didn't love Sarah Jessica Parker's character, but that's primarily because she was super energetic and fidgety and she made me nervous moving around so much.


Pair This Movie With: Hmm I don't know, more Steve Martin I suppose? I am a fan of The Jerk. Or maybe The Man With Two Brains?


  1. Yes! L.A. Story is one of my favorite movies. I can't say it's very deep, but it's just so silly and makes me smile every time. It's clear that Martin has a lot more of his personality in this film that most of his roles, and it definitely shows. I'm glad that you liked it.