L.A. Story
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"Unlike Woody Allen's New York City, which becomes a staging area for character angst and transformation, Martin's L.A. stifles the characters, and neither they, screenwriter Martin or director Jackson seem to be aware of it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Perhaps Steve Martin's hair went white because his brain radiates with such boundless invention that all the pigment withered off the follicles."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A minor classic in the grand tradition of Woody Allen and is one of the best films Steve Martin has ever done."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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
"To borrow from Abe Lincoln: Steve Martin's L.A. Story will make all of the people laugh some of the time, some of the people laugh all of the time but not...well, you know the rest."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A rather slight film, but there is enough charm and wit to make it a pleasant diversion."
‑ , Film4
"If nothing else, it will remind you how funny Martin used to be."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A wonderfully sweet romance with a touch of romance and not a trace of cheese."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"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..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"If the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue. It's breezy and light as cloud's breath -- not so much airheaded as air-hearted."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It's witty, irreverent and entertaining, this love story penned by Steve Martin, in which LA is a tangible character."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"enjoyable silly"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Steve Martin's ode to la-la land is funny, endearing, and too close to reality for comfort."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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