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Lost in America

Comedy movie directed by Albert Brooks

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Lost In America – Easy Rider buys a Winnebago

  • Feb 16, 2003
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There is that one day every February when I wonder just what in the living Hell I am doing sitting at this empty desk, staring out of frost stained windows, snow piled knee high to an alligators bum, and going no where with my life. It is times like this that I just want to get into my trusty little Geo Storm and drive South or West until it runs out of gas and start my life all over again.

In the world of movies I could do that, but in reality I probably couldn’t, or even wouldn’t. However, that didn’t stop Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty in this sometimes funny and sometimes truthful movie, Lost In America.

As a couple in their mid-30’s they plod away each day in their semi-successful worlds. He’s an advertising exec, waiting to become Senior Vice President, she holds a good job sitting in a windowless room where she has sat for the past 6 years. When his promotion falls flat, he decides to become a nomad in the true vein of his movie heroes from Easy Rider. Selling and liquidating everything they own, they buy a Winnebago and hit the highways, or as he calls it, “We’ve dropped out.”

Dropping out of society isn’t all that easy when you’ve been used to nice things. It’s hard to learn to conserve and cut back and not have that expensive meal or fancy dress. Or worse yet, to sit at the Craps™ table until the wee hours in the morning and lose every dime you’ve ever had.

So evolves the life and trials of this couple as they try to drop out but find that maybe they aren’t drop out material.

Lost In America was written and directed by Albert Brooks. He gives an outstanding performance as a guy that is just fed up with life and the world in general. His dead pan delivery of lines is really high point throughout the movie. Julie Hagerty is perfect as his ‘deer in the headlights’ wife that simply doesn’t have a clue of what life is all about.

There some great scenery shots in the movie as the pair travels across the land although the locations are sometimes a little skewed. Camera work is clear and crisp, dialogue works well and interaction between all players in the film is just great.

What I enjoyed the most about the movie, acting aside, was just the possibility that a situation like this could happen. Of course, not to this degree, but still it would be possible for someone to just head out and never look back. Dropping out of society is entirely possible, people do it every day. Sometimes that stone and mortar job you hold down is holding you down. As long as you didn’t cut yourself off completely from your past and your friends, who’s to say that it is wrong for you to be an Easy Rider?

Awards

1986 Won NSFC Award Best Screenplay Albert Brooks and co-writer Monica Mcgowan Johnson.

Just a fun movie, Brooks is simply a fantastic straight man that doesn’t mind showing the human side of his personality, or the personality of the character he is portraying.

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Susi




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review by . March 22, 2009
I loved this movie about a California based adman who gets a transfer to New York and refuses to move. As a result he is fired. Weighing his options with his wife, the couple decides to sell everything and buy a large RV and travel the country for a few years.     At Brooks' insistance the couple decide to stop off in Las Vegas to get remarried. When Brooks goes to sleep, his wife sneaks off and loses everything they have in the casino. With no options the couple are forced to …
review by . January 27, 2005
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I loved this movie about a California based adman who gets a transfer to New York and refuses to move. As a result he is fired. Weighing his options with his wife, the couple decides to sell everything and buy a large RV and travel the country for a few years.    At Brooks' insistance the couple decide to stop off in Las Vegas to get remarried. When Brooks goes to sleep, his wife sneaks off and loses everything they have in the casino. With no options the couple are forced to …
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