The Late Movies: Steve Martin's "L.A. Story"

Chris Higgins

Released in 1991, L.A. Story is my favorite Steve Martin movie -- yes, I like it even better than The Jerk. It's a little shocking to realize that the movie is nearly 20 years old now, as I distinctly remember watching it when it was released. I recall being completely obsessed with every character in this movie, and also kinda into Enya. Those were the days.

Anyway, L.A. Story is a strange love story, full of references to Shakespeare, spare footage from the film Koyaanisqatsi (seriously!), satire about the L.A. lifestyle, pathos, good jokes, awful 80's outfits, and a stunning cast. The cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Richard E. Grant, Victoria Tennant, Patrick Stewart, and cameos by Chevy Chase, Woody Harrelson, Paula Abdul, Martin Lawrence, Rick Moranis, Iman, and Terry Jones. According to Wikipedia, sequences involving John Lithgow and Scott Bakula were also filmed, but were cut from the final movie. This is a hell of a cast for a Romantic Comedy!

Tonight, I bring you some clips from the movie. That is all. Enjoy.

Ordering Coffee

The absurdity of overly-specific coffee orders actually seems normal now. Remember, this was 1991. L.A. is just ahead of the curve.

Meeting SanDeE*

"Everybody has such weird names now."

Paraphrasing Shakespeare

"Hey, life is pretty stupid, with lots of hubbub to keep you busy, but really not amounting to much."

Modern Art

"The way he's holding her, it's almost filthy."

LA Story - emotionally erect

Steve Martin as a Weatherman

"The cats were out until around 10, but it got a little too cold for them, and then they came in."

Bored Beyond Belief

A lot of cats appear in this movie.

Enya's Music Video for "Exile"

Featuring clips from the movie. ("Exile" was one of two Enya songs prominently featured in L.A. Story.) You can see the actual L.A. Story sequence featuring the song at YouTube or watch a low-quality version below.

The Fog Scene

SPOILER ALERT: if you haven't seen the movie, don't watch this. But if you have, this is one of the best sequences in it. Sorry for the crappy MySpace video; the YouTube version has embedding disabled.

This is one of several instances in L.A. Story when footage from Koyaanisqatsi (my favorite film of all time) is used.

"A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true."

LA Story Fog