LA STORY: DVD
Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) is an LA TV weatherman known for his wacky weekend weather reports. He spends his time with the superficial in-crowd and doesn't realise how unhappy he is until his life changes. He is fired from his job and his self-obsessed girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner) announces she is having an affair with his agent. He quickly falls into a relationship with SanDeE (Sarah Jessica Parker), an effervescent, free-thinking sales assistant, but all the while he wishes he were with Sara McDowel (Victoria Tennant), an English journalist on assignment, whose ex husband Roland Mackey (Richard E. Grant) is trying to reconcile with her.
Review by Louise Keller:
It's witty, irreverent and entertaining, this love story penned by Steve Martin, in which LA is a tangible character. There's plenty to smile about as Martin affectionately pokes fun at just about everything in the City of Dreams, which acts as a backdrop to his own vulnerable romantic tale. The fact that Martin plays a weekend weatherman in a city where the weather never changes is a joke in itself, coupled with the superficial lifestyle of double decaffeinated half caps with a twist, breasts that feel weird because they're real and where everything from movies to earthquakes are rated on a scale from 1 to 10.
When Martin's impossibly named Harris K. Telemacher meets Victoria Tennant's visiting English journalist Sara McDowel at a typical Hollywood lunch, where everyone kisses everyone, re-shaped noses are still in bandages ('hope your nose turns out') and guests taking courses in the art of conversation answer only in monosyllables, he is immediately attracted. Her Sara (Tennant was then the real-life Mrs Steve Martin) is the converse of his own date Trudi (Marilu Henner), who spends her life coiffing and preening in front of the mirror. 'I keep thinking I'm a grown up, but I'm not,' Sara announces, haphazardly flinging darts that pierce everything except the dart board and playing the tuba at odd times. Their romance is slow to take off - Sara's ex, Roland (Richard E. Grant), wants a reconciliation, and Sarah Jessica Parker's big-haired, sexy SanDeE ('have you ever had a high colonic?') are love distractions that provide welcome giggles.
An illuminated signpost on the side of the freeway starts to speak to Telemacher (he immediately thinks there is a candid camera nearby as he hugs the steely post), telling him his life will change and offers an unfathomable riddle. One of the funniest scenes comes when Telemacher tries to make a reservation at the Hollywood ultra-exclusive L'Idiot restaurant. In order to book a table, he is interrogated by the snobbish chef and financiers in order for them to establish his level of importance (and wealth). Naturally, he is denied a table.
The dialogue is smart and amusing ('I find myself showing off which is the idiot's version of being interesting'; 'what's that clanging sound? It's my damp testicles'), and the romance heartfelt and sweet. LA Story is funny and charming, showing Martin at his best.
Published May 10, 2007
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LA STORY: DVD (M)
CAST: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker
PRODUCER: Daniel Melnick, Michael I. Rachmil
DIRECTOR: Mick Jackson
SCRIPT: Steve Martin
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Dunn
EDITOR: Richard A. Harris
MUSIC: Peter Rodgers Melnick
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Lawrence Miller
RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: April 8, 2007