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Lost in America

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Albert Brooks
Produced by Marty Katz
Herbert Nanas (executive producer)
Written by Albert Brooks
Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Starring Albert Brooks
Julie Hagerty
Music by Arthur B. Rubinstein
Cinematography Eric Saarinen
Editing by David Finfer
Studio The Geffen Company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) February 15, 1985 (USA)
Running time 91 min.
Country United States
Language English

Lost in America is a 1985 comedy film directed by Albert Brooks and was co-written by Brooks with Monica McGowan Johnson. Brooks stars alongside Julie Hagerty as David and Linda Howard, yuppies who are fed up with their lifestyle. They decide to take their savings and head out to see the country in a Winnebago, a recreational vehicle. The plan goes awry when Linda loses everything playing roulette at a casino in Las Vegas. Out of money and with nowhere to go, the couple ends up in Safford, Arizona. Brooks' character unsuccessfully applies for a delivery job at a local pharmacy and resorts to an employment agency. Obnoxiously reminded by a counselor about his high-paying job in advertising, David is placed as a crossing guard. Linda has meanwhile found employment as the assistant manager at the local Der Wienerschnitzel. Only a few days after beginning their pursuit of the dream of dropping out of society, they decide that it is better to get back their old lifestyle and agree to head to New York to look for work again in the corporate world.


Reception and awards

Lost In America received mostly positive reviews from critics and currently holds a 96 percent rating on review aggragator Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews.[1] The film was also a commercial success, though not a blockbuster. The film's script won the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Screenplay.[2]

This film is number 80 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".

American Film Institute recognition

Home video releases

Warner Home Video initially released the film onto VHS and Laserdisc in 1985 and reissued it twice on video in 1991 and 1997. The film made its DVD debut on April 3, 2001.


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