'L.A. Story (15th Anniversary Edition)'
(Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (1991) 2006 / LGF)
Overview: Harris Telemacher is the "Wacky Weather" presenter for a Los Angeles television station. He finds himself battling the insane conditions and people caused by the manic chaos that is Los Angeles. Striving to achieve happiness (or at least a date), he finds a helping hand from the last person he expected: the city of Los Angeles itself.
DVD Verdict: Steve Martin wrote this film as a meditation on both love and Los Angeles (and then-wife Victoria Tennant). He plays a L.A. TV weatherman who finds himself conflicted about what to do with his life, both professionally and personally. As he works his way through a couple of relationships (including a very funny one with a frisky Sarah Jessica Parker, who talks him into colonic therapy), he discovers a L.A. freeway sign that gives him romantic advice. It helps him realize what he knows intuitively: that the British woman he is attracted to (Tennant) is the one he should pursue. This remains one of my favorite movies of all time. It is more than a simple minded comedy, though it is certainly very funny throughout. However, if you watch carefully, you'll see the subtle genius used in the parody of California life (really much of American life) and how the struggle for peace of mind versus simple materialism (and I am a devout capitalist) can be seen in the simple things we do in our lives. He uses humor and exaggeration to illustrate the silliness of some of our behavior and how they interfere with happiness. Watch it for the simple humor or watch it for the social commentary. Both are well done, pointed, pleasant, and enriching. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
"The Story of L.A. Story" featurette
"The L.A. of L.A. Story": An Interactive Map of the Popular Sites Filmed for L.A. Story
Original Theatrical Marketing Materials from 1991