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Now that you've busted out your comfiest loungewear and collected enough childhood photos to last you more than a few Throwback Thursdays, what's there to do until dinner? If you're like us, you'll be using your sacred holiday time wisely by being as unproductive as possible, planting yourself in front of the TV with your loved ones.
To keep you all entertained, we've rounded up five films set in LA that aren't Clueless, Troop Beverly Hills, or Valley Girl, in an effort to broaden your local cinematic horizons. From thought-provoking hits like Her to mindless entertainment like Encino Man, there's something for every mood.
What: Her (2013)
Why: As our sister site Curbed LA puts it, Her is set in a "utopian Los Angeles of the not-too-distant future." Specifically, "Downtown Los Angeles is filled with curves and fabrics, beautiful lighting, and soft textures. It is a look, weirdly enough, inspired by Jamba Juice." [Still via]
What: Encino Man (1992)
Why: It stars Pauly Shore—need we say more? This ridiculously random yet curiously entertaining film revolves around two teenagers from Encino who discover a caveman in their backyard frozen in a block of ice. How it didn't earn an Oscar, we'll never know. Fun fact: the film is called California Man in Europe. [Still via]
What: Less Than Zero (1987)
Why: Based on the brilliant Bret Easton Ellis novel and starring Robert Downey Jr., Less Than Zero is about a college freshman's wild return to LA for the holidays. This stylish, cult-favorite film was shot all around our city and can be relived via this nifty list of scene location addresses. [Still via]
What: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Why: Two words: The Dude. Homie was rocking Normcore way before the Olsens starting promoting Birkenstocks with socks. Described as "a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler," Jeff Bridges's Lebowski just DGAF, which is why he'll always be a cult hero in our hearts. In bummer news, Hollywood Star Lanes where the film's bowling scenes were shot shuttered in 2002. [Still via]
What: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Why: Although this film is set in 1947 Los Angeles, we think it was way ahead of its time. Few flicks (if any) have managed to mimic Roger Rabbit's unique, live-action/animated experience mixed in with an entertaining storyline and clever dialogue. And who could resist Jessica Rabbit? [Still via]
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