The Unemployment Blogathon – Lost in America (1985)


This is the final of three posts for The Unemployment Blogathon being hosted by Steve of the Movie Movie Blog Blog.

Tnx for letting me participate!

“I’ve seen the future! And it’s a bald-headed man from New York!” – David

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An advertising executive and his wife decide to quit their jobs and life life on the road.

My Take on it – This is the first film that I chose to watch for this blogathon since I had heard of it yet never had the opportunity to watch it beforehand.

This film gives us a hilarious look at the ways that people sometimes incorrectly perceive that they need to make big changes in their lives yet never quite are sure of what the future will bring once they make these changes.

Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty are both great in the leads and have great chemistry together that makes us believe that they are really in a long term relationship that has had many ups and downs along the way.

Brooks’ neurotic personality is perfect for this role and helps keep this so enjoyable the whole way through.

The film has great dialogue that is quite funny and somehow finds a way to still stay poignant and genuine the whole way through.

The characters constantly find themselves in some very interesting scenarios as they travel across the country.

They find a way to keep these situations very funny yet realistic in the way that they portray life in America.

The film was made nearly 35 years ago, yet still feels timeless in the way that they show us the way that the country works and how things can be quite interesting and funny at the same time.

The story unfolds quite well here and they find a way to help keep raising the stakes over and over along the way.

Bottom Line – Hilarious look at the way that people can sometimes get so turned off by the way the world works, yet are never quite sure what the future will hold once they make these changes. Brooks and Hagerty have great chemistry together and allow us to truly believe their relationship. The dialogue is quite funny yet remains poignant and realistic the entire time. The scenarios that these characters get themselves into along the way are quite funny and allow us to laugh at the way that the country works when it comes to so many different aspects of life.  The story unfolds really well and keeps raising the stakes over and over along the way.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Drive (2011) director Nicolas Winding Refn has said he cast Albert Brooks as a gangster in Drive (2011) because when Refn saw Brooks in this film as a teenager, he got really frightened by Brooks in the scene where he screams at his wife (Julie Hagerty). Refn said in an interview with ‘LA Weekly’ in September 2011 that “Albert was like a volcano of emotions. There was something really unique-and threatening. I felt that this guy, eventually, he will kill somebody-so let’s make it in a movie.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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7 thoughts on “The Unemployment Blogathon – Lost in America (1985)

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  3. This is one of my all-time favorite comedies for every one of the reasons you mentioned. I love how the main character wants to do lofty things as long as he still has his comfortable material positions to surround him. Plus, as you pointed out, the movie has acres of funny dialogue. (Who can ever think of the phrase “nest egg” the same way again?) Thanks so much for contributing this to the blogathon!

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