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338 Ratings

Lost in America

Directed by Albert Brooks
United States, 1985


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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Lost in America Directed by Albert Brooks
The movie is resonant because it doesn’t superficially indict David and Linda, rewarding our unearned feelings of superiority. Brooks criticizes yet empathizes with the couple’s yearning to prove that they aren’t simply puppets on a corporate stage, and, in its way, this film is as searching and searing an exploration of a relationship in crisis as any that Ingmar Bergman produced. David and Linda are automatons who ironically achieve individuality by embracing conformity.
August 01, 2017
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If there’s a defining mood to Brooks’s work as writer/director/star, it’s one of profound restlessness and dissatisfaction, often followed closely by the shame of leading a life of privilege and comfort and its never being enough… An era-defining comedy about the state of baby boomer values in the Reagan years.
July 25, 2017
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Albert Brooks’s transcendent send-up of Easy Rider has aged far more gracefully than the butt of its joke… Naturally it goes disastrously, and Brooks carefully and hilariously unravels the illusions we spin to cope with the impossibility of fulfilling our secondhand desires.
July 03, 2017

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