What You Need To Know:
Even though the film has a sweet ending, the undercurrents of mysticism render the picture questionable. The other problem with L.A. STORY is sexual immorality and fornication. Any young person who watches this film will indubitably get the idea that it is okay to jump into the sack with anyone who asks you. Surely our youth deserve better than to be deceived like this.
(LL, SS/N, V) 8 obscenities and 21 profanities (mostly "Oh, my G_d!); sexual immorality and implied fornication, sexually crude references and fondling, brief upper female nudity; and, brief violence.
Steve Martin wrote and stars in this romantic comedy about a TV weatherman who decides to overhaul his life. Although some of the gags are his funniest, they are set within the same old tired story of confused love relationships.
L.A. STORY is the story of Harris K. Telemacher, a wacky TV weatherman who runs with the “in” crowd. He calmly experiences such things as gunplay on the freeway, earthquakes during lunch, or lining up for an assailant who announces: “Hi, my name is Bob, and I’ll be your robber.”
Bored with his current girlfriend, Harris begins exploring a relationship with a 23-year-old clerk who makes the term “air head” seem like an understatement. Harris’ eye, however, is really on Sarah, an English journalist on assignment in Los Angeles.
Then, something strange happens. A freeway sign starts communicating with him, flashing messages like, “The weather will change your life twice.” When Harris streamlines his workload by pre-taping forecasts, he gets the heave-ho and figures “that’s once”.
The movie proceeds as a series of gags. The funniest involves what Harris has to do to make dinner reservations. Harris periodically returns to the mystical sign, realizing it is giving him advice on how to conduct his love life with Sarah.
The weather eventually changes Harris’ life a second time, for the purpose of upholding commitment between two people. Even though the film reaffirms a sweet-ending relationship, the undercurrents of mysticism present in the sign render the picture questionable.
The other problem with L.A. STORY is sexual immorality and fornication. Any young person who watches this film will indubitably get the idea that it is okay to jump into the sack with anyone who asks you. Surely our youth deserve better than to be deceived like this.