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From Criterion, James L. Brooks On LOST IN AMERICA

2 Responses to “From Criterion, James L. Brooks On LOST IN AMERICA”

  1. Movieman says:

    I remember describing “Lost in America” in my 1985 review as “the best American comedy as ‘The Graduate.””
    I still feel that way. Along with “Top Gun” and “Wall Street,” it’s the most iconic, time capsule movie to show future generations what American life in the Reagan era was all about.

  2. YancySkancy says:

    I love Lost in America, but Albert’s best film for me will likely always be the brilliant Modern Romance (though I admit Lost in America is the better choice for Movieman’s time capsule).

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