Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’91, cable, video, DVD and 26 Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A wacky LA weatherman falls in love with a strange British reporter in the battlefield of 1990’s L.A.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Steve Martin’s films and this one has a soft spot in my heart ever since I saw it in the theater over 25 years ago.
Martin is perfect as the wacky weatherman who is part comedian, part philosopher and I wonder if anyone else would have been able to do so well with such a character.
He does a great job of making it all seem so real despite roaming into the realm of Phantasmagorical themes a few too many times.
The rest of the supporting cast helps us because they all feel so real (again, despite their idiosyncrasies).
Sarah Jessica Parker, Marilu Henner, Kevin Pollack, Patrick Stewart, Richard E, Grant and Victoria Tennant are all great here.
The best character here tho is the city of LA itself.
As a friend of mine who lives there in the early 90’s once told me, they get it all so right in this film. The way people lived their lives was like they were all living in a fantasy world and this movie personifies that feeling.
The film is filled with puns and jabs at the city itself and the way people lived their lives as if they ignored the real world.
This movie takes those situations and looks at them all from a very humorous way. A perfect example is the restaurant scene when everyone is ordering their tea. 🙂
Bottom Line – Martin actually helps make this weird film work even better because he makes us believe in his character and in the situations he gets into. Amazing supporting cast helps make this film so much more fun. The best cast member is of course LA itself because it truly was a very unique place during the time this was filmed. The puns and jabs at the city are quite humorous in a very intellectual way. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sarah Jessica Parker has stated that this film changed her career. Up until this point she had always played mousy girls or the best friend. She said that no one in Hollywood had thought of her as “sexy.” Once she was cast in this role several new doors opened for her. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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