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  • Summary: A TV meteorologist (Martin) is fired after taking the weekend off and his relationship with his long-time girlfriend quickly goes south. With everything looking glum, he unexpectedly meets a British journalist (Tennant) on assignment in Los Angeles and falls instantly in love. Thinking heA TV meteorologist (Martin) is fired after taking the weekend off and his relationship with his long-time girlfriend quickly goes south. With everything looking glum, he unexpectedly meets a British journalist (Tennant) on assignment in Los Angeles and falls instantly in love. Thinking he has little chance with her, though, and in desperation he starts a relationship with a ditzy younger woman (Parker) who introduces him to the wonders of rollerskating and colonics. All the while he longs for the journalist. Expand
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  1. 100
    The film is astonishing in the amount of material it contains. It isn't thin or superficial; there is an abundance of observation and invention here.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain.
  3. 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.
  4. There are still plenty of laughs and some inventiveness along the way...although some of the gags and contrived plot moves stumble over their own cuteness.
  5. Martin himself still seems to be filing in at run-throughs for the real star who couldn't make rehearsals. [11 March 1991, p.28]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    Unlike Woody Allen's New York City, which becomes a staging area for character angst and transformation, Martin's L.A. stifles the characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Victoria Tennant's iciness has been well-utilized on screen occasionally, but not this time. [8 Feb 1991, p.D4]

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