L.A. Story

1991 PG-13 1h 35m DVD

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L.A. Story

1991 PG-13 1h 35m DVD
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When a former weatherman decides to seek love and success in Los Angeles, he discovers that a freeway sign is giving him romantic advice. By following it, he lands in a love triangle with a British journalist and a free-spirited Valley Girl.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Steve Martin
  • Victoria Tennant
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Marilu Henner
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Susan Forristal
  • Kevin Pollak
  • Sam McMurray
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this offbeat comedy is not just a love story, but also a tribute to Los Angeles. Steve Martin's goofy antics and witty dialogue will keep teens entertained, but the early-'90s humor feels a little dated, and the L.A. in-jokes might be lost on teens unfamiliar with Los Angeles lore. The characters navigate the complexities of casual sex and meaningful relationships in a whimsical yet loving manner that older kids and teens will understand. There's also some profanity, fantasy violence, and a brief shot of a topless woman.

Sexual Content

Sex is addressed in a lighthearted way, and as a positive part of adult relationships. One character is cheating on her boyfriend, another couple has an open relationship. Three sex scenes with very little shown contrast casual sex vs. making love; some passionate kissing, comic sex noises, a hand on a clothed breast, and post-sex bed scenes. The only nudity is a very brief shot of a topless woman in a dressing room.

Violence

Some fantasy violence and arguing. "Road rage" is played for laughs when everyone on the freeway pulls out a gun and starts shooting, though no one is harmed. There's some verbal abuse and shoving during a workplace argument.

Language

The word "f--k" and "s--t" are both used once.

Social Behavior

Teens might enjoy the depiction of Los Angeles as a place where there are no rules, and where adults can always redefine themselves. But they'll also take away the message that sometimes the easy pleasures in life aren't always the most satisfying: Harris finds happiness not from a superficial social life or a casual sexual relationship, but from finding a true companion.

Consumerism

American Airlines gets a brief logo shot.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults are shown drinking responsibly at social engagements. One minor character nurses a hangover after overindulging the night before.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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