Lost in America

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Released 1985

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Director:
Albert Brooks
Released:
1985
Rating:
R
Lost in America is a satire of the Yuppie culture. It is the story of David (Albert Brooks) and Linda Howard (Julie Hagerty), a couple living in an upscale neighborhood near LA. David works for an international advertising company and Linda works for a snoody department store. Both are slowly growing sick and tired of their priveleged, wealthy lives. They seek excitement but don't seem to know where to find it. Everything changes when David loses his chance at a raise he was promised. His boss transfers him to New York City, and David finally loses it. He yells at his boss and makes threats. He is fired on the spot. David heads straight for Linda's store and convinces her to quit her job. Together, they buy an RV intent on traveling across the country and seeing its sights without being tied down by jobs. They pack their bags and start the trip.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lost in America is being called a yuppie comedy, but it's really about the much more universal subjects of greed, hedonism and panic. What makes it so funny is how much we can iden...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Albert Brooks is one of the few, maybe the only, comic filmmakers making movies today with laughs that hurt. A very funny--and therefore neurotic--young man, Brooks places himself ...

  • 70

    Film Threat

    No one portrays and skewers really intelligent morons the way Albert Brooks does. Oddly enough Lost in America has a lot of similarities to everybody's favorite TV show Green Acres...

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Comedy

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Romantic Comedy