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!
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"I've seen the future! It's a bald man from New York!" What's the Easy Rider generation to do at the height of Reagan's America? Albert Brooks's road trip (with several nods to Dennis Hopper's) takes an energetically witty look at mid-life crises, and finds a pleasing middle ground, where adult needs are recognized but with the jadedness dispelled. At the very least, it's more honest than "We blew it, man."
Brooks lampoons self important middle class ideas about 'finding yourself' and exposes cliches about the open road. What's impressive is at the times the realities are harsh but never cynical. What's also impressive is as much as Brooks relies on spoken word word he brings a great amount of cinematic savvy particular withe the very first shot and whenever it comes to highlighting award moments. A must see.
The kind of film I simply can't connect to. It's like trying to watch a DVD zone Manhattan only. The worries of the main characters are those of a spoiled microcosm and don't interest me at all. And yes, I did get the numerous metaphors about losing control scattered by the director in the film. Already forgotten.
It's definitely not a coincidence that Stanley Kubrick was a huge Albert Brooks fan. His films always hide the complexities under a veil of neurotic behavior but the genius subtleties of the filmmaking is there. Lost in America is no exception.
brooks' talkative hysterical alter ego is scary as hell (both in modern romance & lost in america) / eric saarinen's camera movements overwhelm in unexpected ways like the overlong smooth tracking shot at the dam / "i've seen the future. it's a bald-headed man from new york" / in one word genius / + the weirdest thing about brooks' comedies is the abrupt ending. so what?
A sparkling and exceedingly well-shot comedy from writer-director-star Albert Brooks, who has great chemistry with the very underrated and always entertaining Julie Hagerty. A number of classic witty comedy moments, though unfortunately it looses some steam in the final act, so it falls just short of being a true comedy classic. Still, one of Brooks' very best.
lose yourself to post-capitalism, throw away the fruits of your labor, find yourself, and throw yourself away again. lose yourself to post-capitalism, throw away the fruits of your labor, find yourse--