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La La Land (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 25 December 2016 (USA)
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While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

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Damien Chazelle

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Damien Chazelle
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 232 wins & 265 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Sebastian
Emma Stone ... Mia
Amiée Conn Amiée Conn ... Famous Actress
Terry Walters ... Linda (Coffee Shop Manager)
Thom Shelton ... Coffee Spiller
Cinda Adams ... Casting Director (First Audition)
Callie Hernandez ... Tracy
Jessica Rothe ... Alexis
Sonoya Mizuno ... Caitlin
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Laura
J.K. Simmons ... Bill
Claudine Claudio ... Karen (Waitress)
Jason Fuchs ... Carlo
D.A. Wallach D.A. Wallach ... '80s Singer
Trevor Lissauer ... Valet
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Storyline

Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Written by Eirini

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Here's to the fools who dream.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

LaLa Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$881,104, 9 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,101,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$446,092,357
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Marc Platt says, "La La Land is absolutely a love letter to the city. The way the film mixes two people leading very hip, modern lives with all these iconic Hollywood locales is unique. You get a feeling both of the romantic fantasy of the city and its grounding in real lives." See more »

Goofs

When Mia checks her phone for her first audition in the opening scene, the date reads Monday, January 25th, the day that they filmed the scene. Howeve it is insinuated that it's Christmastime, and therefore her phone should read a date in December. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian: Fuck them!
Mia: [mildly amused] That's what you always say.
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Crazy Credits

The Summit Entertainment logo has an old-time variant where it looks like a matte painting of a mountain in a box and the word "Summit" above it. See more »


Soundtracks

Deck The Halls
Traditional tune
Lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged by Justin Hurwitz
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Very Well Made But Not My Kind Of Movie
17 January 2017 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Did someone say last year's Oscars were too white ? So let's award most of this year's Oscars to something that looks like an explosion in a paint factory where every primary colour is splashed across the screen . LA LA LAND was being touted as the film to beat even before most of the other contenders were announced and its domination at the Golden Globes confirmed everything . Looks like the 2017 Oscars will be the most predictable event of this year

Romantic musicals aren't my thing so my dread was realised in the opening scene with a California highway turning in to a song and dance scene so camp I thought I was watching a forest of pink tents which hints at what you're going to get - feelgood factor whether you want it or not . It was at this point I seriously considered giving up on the movie and going on youtube to listen to proper love songs by the likes of The The and Joy Division

As the film continued the narrative did expose itself to being what you expect , two young people , a man and a woman , who are embarking on fulfilling their careers in respectively jazz music and acting . There's not a lot here we haven't seen before but what sells this movie is the visual work director Damien Chazelle has put in to it . The language of cinema is very much to the fore especially the stunning cinematography and my abiding memory is the scene where the two protagonists meet and an impact aesthetic is instantly created by the way the lighting changes . Many scenes are similarity beautiful but if there's a fundamental problem remains that no matter how well made a film is if you've no interest in the genre then you won't become a convert . As it stands LA LA LAND will dominate the Oscars like the French film THE ARTIST did five years ago then become quickly forgotten


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