Sunday, April 18, 2004

L.A. Story (1991) dir. Mick Jackson
Woody Allen conceived Manhattan as a love story sewn into a tribute to New York. Steve Martin then did the same with Los Angeles in L.A. Story. He caricatures stock characters with mixed success but also sets the movie in some ultra-clean city that is definitely not L.A. Was this film shot in Montreal? The script incorporates Shakespearean snippets into the movie but they seemed insincere to me. The movie worked best when it focused on the love story. Steve Martin is convincing as a man tormented by boredom. Victoria Tennant also convinces as a woman who doesn't want to trust again. The scene in which they turn into happy children may come across as cloying to some, but to me it was priceless.
Grade: B+


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