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: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A romantic comedy that doubles as a love letter to the titular city, L.A. Story is Steve Martin at his silly, sweetly soulful best.

Harper Barnes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is a wonderful movie.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Despite the film's antic, hallucinatory shimmer, there's something heartfelt and substantial at its core.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

As one of Martin's original screenplays, it's a clear representation of his loves and his particular comic genius.

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Hank Gallo
New York Daily News

Granted, there are some memorable, big laughs here but the movie that surrounds them is largely forgettable.

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Jo Berry
Empire Magazine

Martin's customary wackiness seems strangely curbed and L.A. Story, while certainly not without its moments never quite adds up to the sum of its parts.

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Michael Sragow
San Francisco Examiner

A romantic Hellzapoppin' in a cushy milieu, this movie rivals prime Preston Sturges: "L.A. Story" is Martin's "Palm Beach Story."

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If L.A. Story isn't thematically consistent enough to qualify as a classic, it's still consistently entertaining.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

More to the point, L.A. Story is giddy fun.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Steve Martin's romantic comedy is a warm-hearted salute to Los Angeles pretensions. It boasts just enough quirkiness to satisfy any of his fans who were worried that he might be selling out and abandoning his "wild and crazy" persona.

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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.