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Lost in America (1985)

R | | Comedy | 8 February 1985 (USA)
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.

Director:

Albert Brooks

Writers:

Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Brooks ... David Howard
Julie Hagerty ... Linda Howard
Sylvia Farrel Sylvia Farrel ... Receptionist
Tina Kincaid Tina Kincaid ... Model
Candy Ann Brown ... David's Secretary
Maggie Roswell ... Patty
Hans Wagner Hans Wagner ... Hans (voice)
Brandy Rubin Brandy Rubin ... Paul Dunn's Secretary
Michael Greene ... Paul Dunn
Tom Tarpey Tom Tarpey ... Brad Tooley
Robert Hughes Robert Hughes ... Security Guard
Raynold Gideon ... Ray
John Di Fusco John Di Fusco ... Motorcyclist
Michael Cornelison ... Front Desk Clerk
Radu Gavor Radu Gavor ... Bellman
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Storyline

David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong. Written by Reid Gagle

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perdidos en América See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$154,877, 17 March 1985

Gross USA:

$10,179,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,179,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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David Howard: I've seen the future! And it's a bald-headed man from New York!
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ALBERT BROOKS: YOU RULE!!!!
14 May 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Who said Albert Brooks is an acquired taste? After watching "The Muse," which until this day remains the FUNNIEST comedy I've ever seen, I've been curious about Brooks's work. Since this had its place on the AFI's funniest comedies of all time, I decided I'd check it out.

Though I didn't feel this was quite as funny as "The Muse," Brooks delivers his trademark sarcastic comic gags. It's hilarious to watch Brooks, a yuppie businessman who just quit his job, try to apply for a job among the lower class. Asking if there are any "executive positions."

Brooks has the best timing among all the comic actors. His style of delivering his brilliantly sarcastic dialogue is impeccable and almost never fails to crack me up! Brooks's movies are not only funny, but they're well-written. Lots of the time comedies move on the sheer energy of the cast. In his films, the writing alone is energized enough and the cast adds to that energy. Brooks and Julie Hagerty have an incredible chemistry, and their conflicts are absolutely hysterical. "From now on, you will never be allowed to use the words 'nest' or 'egg' ever again!" That's a line I will always remember. Brooks has that memorable, unique style of writing that I'm sure comedy writers everywhere will either acknowledge thoroughly or try to imitate (unsuccessfully, of course).

One thing I just cannot understand is the R-rating. Brooks, being one of the few tasteful, intelligent comedy writers in the biz, rarely uses profanity in his movies. Only twice do we hear the "f" word, and for the right reasons (He was angry at his boss for God's sake!). I'm well-aware that the PG-13 rating wasn't invented when the movie came out, but "Sixteen Candles" used the "f" word twice and got away with a PG, as well as a shower scene involving a female and a notorious close-up of her breasts. Don't expect anything filthy in this movie, because of the stupidly-awarded R-rating. Brooks doesn't sink that low.

For all those who appreciate good, intelligent humor--an escape from cheap slapstick and gross-out gags. Not that I don't appreciate that type of humor ever, but this is REALLY what comedy is all about!

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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