Two friends take a day off from their lives and walk around Los Angeles to reminisce, talk out their problems, and reevaluate their relationships. In the vein of Ferris Bueller, Nobody Walk in LA is a beautiful and simplistic story about one day in the life of two people facing a crossroads who decide to give up certain modern conveniences, shut out their problems, and just enjoy each other’s company and the world around them.
Miles (Adam Shapiro; Sense8, Steve Jobs) is miserable, wanting to remain in bed all day. His upcoming marriage is in jeopardy and he does not have a clue what he wants to do about it. Becca (Kim Shaw; Saving Hope) is more upbeat and arrives at Miles’ place to tag in on a kind of suicide watch. Instead of letting Miles stay in bed, Becca coaxes him not only out of bed, but out of his house. He tries to fight her, but by the time they conclude brunch, her charms have swayed him and they begin to enjoy the day together.
That is not to say the day goes smoothly. The things they witness in Los Angeles range from astounding to disheartening and the limits of their friendship gets tested for better or worse. It is a sweet and inspiring story that will tug at nearly every emotion despite being told primarily through the conversation and whimsical experiences of these two people. By the end of the day, their little journey reaches a point that may have lasting effects for them and their loved ones. Even though you may want to see what happens in the subsequent days/weeks, you are left with a little closure and the sense that things are going to be alright.
Shapiro and Shaw are perfect in their roles; if indeed they were playing roles, they seemed to be having a natural conversation most of the time. Various LA locations feature in the film, including museums, concert venues, libraries, diners, and their bus system, among others. For someone who has never been to LA, this film offers a breathtaking view of some of the best that Los Angeles has to offer. In addition, the music featured in the film compliments the scenes and scenery wonderfully; it is a delight for the ears.
“In the world of affairs, we live in our own age. In the world of books, we live in all ages.” This quote is featured in the film. I would amend it to add film or stories in general. With story in any medium, we get a chance to live at some other place and time to which the storyteller wants to take us. Whether we are taken where no one has gone before or simply a rarely seen view of walking around a city, stories offer us the kind of break from our lives that is perfectly captured in Nobody Walks in LA. I would strongly recommend setting aside your troubles for 90+ minutes and enjoying this movie. I will conclude with a similar sentiment from Bueller… Bueller… Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”