L.A. Story
L.A. Story (1991)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 8, 1991
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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...

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TV Guide

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.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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A rather slight film, but there is enough charm and wit to make it a pleasant diversion.

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Variety Staff

Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Urban Cinefile

It's witty, irreverent and entertaining, this love story penned by Steve Martin, in which LA is a tangible character.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Pretty funny and heart-warming movie. Has some problems, but overall, it's good.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Steve Martin's comic and romantic tribute to life in Los Angeles. I like his fantasy communications with the freeway sign. It's a warm visit which… More
David S
When I reviewed an earlier released Steve Martin film called The Man With Two Brains, I ended with the comment that I believed people should sit down with him… More
xGary Xx
Charming if flimsy ode to LA from Steve Martin that definitely has it's moments, but it's more than a little self-indulgent (although this… More
Thomas Bowler
this is a very. very funny film. steve martin is fantastic as the wacky weatherman while sarah jessica parker plays a great minor role.
Michael Gildea
I had my first kiss during this movie. They were both terrible.