- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 18, 2010
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: "The Story of L.A. Story"
- "The L.A. of L.A. Story": An Interactive Map of the Popular Sites Filmed for L.A. Story
- Deleted Scenes (including never-before-seen footage of John Lithgow and Scott Bakula)
- Original Theatrical Marketing Materials from 1991
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 02/21/1991
"...Sly, romantic fun..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/21/2000
"...Warmly warped....[Parker] personifies the city's giddy spirit..." -- Rating: B
New York Times - 02/08/1991
"...Decent, intelligent, and sweet..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/08/1991
"...L.A. Story has a completely original spirit. It's wiggy yet deeply, helplessly romantic....The imagery has a spin to it, as if we too were being enswooned by it all..."
Total Film - 05/01/2000
"...A film which suffuses the world's most plastic city with a sense of wonder, giving this underrated feelgood comedy an irresistible glow..."
Widescreen Review - 07/01/2006
"[A] thoughtful comedy about life and love in the city of angels."
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sweet and surreal romantic comedy..."
In this gentle send-up of life in L.A., a TV weatherman stuck in an unfulfilling relationship and embarrassing job receives a mysterious message from a freeway sign saying the weather will change his life. Soon his life is turned upside down--he loses his job, his agent, his girlfriend, and his reasons not to start living life to the fullest.
A wacky TV weatherman loses his job after taking off yet another weekend -- after all, he figures, L.A. weather never changes, does it' And his personal life is a mess too, because his relationship with his long-time girlfriend has gone kaput. Everything looks pretty dismal, when he unexpectedly meets a British journalist on assignment in L.A. and falls instantly in love. He fears he has no chance with her, though, and in desperation he starts a relationship with a ditzy young shopgirl who introduces him to the wonders of rollerskating and colonics. All the while he pines away for the journalist. Then, while driving down the L.A. freeways, he suddenly realizes that one of the highway signs is trying to communicate with him. He stops to read the messages, takes a risk, and trusts in them to save his life.
- Co-stars Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant are husband and wife.
- Film played at the Deauville Film Festival in late summer 1991.
- Chevy Chase and Rick Moranis have uncredited cameos.
- Steve Martin worked on the screenplay for this film on and off for 7 years.
- Copyright 1991 Carolco Pictures Inc.