DirectorMick Jackson ScreenplaySteve Martin Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 8, 1991 (1991-02-08) CastSteve Martin (Harris K. Telemacher), Sarah Jessica Parker (SanDeE), Victoria Tennant (Sara McDowel), Richard E. Grant (Roland Mackey), Marilu Henner (Trudi), Susan Forristal (Ariel) Similar moviesIndependence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop II, Holy Man
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Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) has the easiest job in the world: hes a TV weatherman in Los Angeles, where the weather is so predictable he tapes his forecasts days in advance. Bored with his job, his life and his relationship with longtime girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner), Harris begins to receive secret messages from an electronic freeway sign near his home, which lead him to pursue romance with a British journalist (Victoria Tennant) and a vapid young model (Sarah Jessica Parker).
L.A. Story is a 1991 American romantic comedy fantasy satire film, written by and starring Steve Martin, and directed by Mick Jackson. Set in Los Angeles, California, it relates a series of episodes in the romantic life of an L.A. TV weather forecaster. It includes surreal sequences in which he is offered romantic advice flashed to him by a freeway sign. The movie blends romantic comedy with fantasy and satire elements that both satirize and celebrate L.A. culture.
The soundtrack includes three songs by Enya, "On Your Shore" and "Exile" (from Watermark) and "Epona" (from Enya).
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) is a TV meteorologist living in Los Angeles. He is in a dead-end relationship with his social-climbing girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner), and wants to find some meaning and magic in his life.
At a luncheon with a group of friends, he meets Sara (Victoria Tennant), a journalist from London, with whom he immediately becomes infatuated.
Driving home that night, his car breaks down on the freeway and he pulls over. He notices that a freeway traffic condition sign seems to be displaying messages intended solely for him. It offers him cryptic advice on his love life throughout the movie.
He begins to fall for Sara, but she is conflicted because she has tentatively pledged to reconcile with her ex-husband, Roland (Richard E. Grant). Feeling that a relationship with Sara is unlikely, Harris begins dating SanDeE (Sarah Jessica Parker), a ditzy wannabe spokesmodel whom he meets at a clothing store. After his first date with her, Harris discovers that Trudi has been cheating on him for three years with his agent.
The discovery leads him to pursue his romantic interest in Sara. This is complicated by his new relationship with SanDeE and by Saras feeling of obligation to Roland.
By the conclusion, he has successfully wooed Sara - with some encouragement and advice from the sign.
Steve Martin as Harris K. Telemacher
Victoria Tennant as Sara McDowel
Richard E. Grant as Roland Mackey
Marilu Henner as Trudi
Sarah Jessica Parker as Sandee
Susan Forristal as Ariel
Kevin Pollak as Frank Swan
Sam McMurray as Morris Frost
Patrick Stewart as Mr. Perdue, maitre d at LIdiot
Iman as a Lunch guest
There are uncredited cameo appearances by Chevy Chase, Woody Harrelson, Paula Abdul, Martin Lawrence, Rick Moranis (this would be the fourth and final film in which Moranis appeared with Martin) and Terry Jones. John Lithgow and Scott Bakula filmed scenes — respectively as a movie agent and Harriss neighbour — that didnt appear in the final cut (although references to Lithgows character remain in the freeway shootout and the California Cuisine lunch scenes).
Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant were real-life husband and wife at the time of the movies production.
Steve Martin appears in LA Story and Roxanne. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kevin Pollak appear in LA Story and Miami Rhapsody. Get Over It (2001). Steve Martin appears in LA Story and The Jerk. Sarah Jessica Parker appears in LA Story and Failure to Launch.
The film was a box office success.
It was also critically well received, and has a 94% fresh approval rating from critics on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. L.A. Story was voted by a group of Los Angeles Times writers and editors as the 20th best film set in Los Angeles in the last 25 years — with two criteria: "The movie had to communicate some inherent truth about the L.A. experience, and only one film per director was allowed on the list".