In its dream-like sweetness and fairy tale romanticism, L.A. STORY resembles another film written by and starring Steve Martin, ROXANNE. But the comic romance that was that film's raison d'etre
is not much in evidence here.
The film unfolds from the clear-eyed gaze of Harris K. Telemacher (Martin), who immediately reveals his peculiar malaise by confiding to us: "I was deeply unhappy but I didn't know it because I was happy all the time." As a TV news program's wacky weekend weatherman, Telemacher predicts the
predictable, propagating a heaven-on-earth Los Angeles of perfect sunshine and a perpetual temperature of 72 degrees. But pockets of unease quietly...