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La La Land (2016)

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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

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Mia
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Famous Actress
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Linda (Coffee Shop Manager)
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Coffee Spiller
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Casting Director (First Audition)
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Tracy
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Alexis
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Caitlin
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Laura
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D.A. Wallach ...
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Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to 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

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

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25 December 2016 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,102,091 (USA) (16 December 2016)

Gross:

$135,754,693 (USA) (22 February 2017)
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On January 24th 2017, Emma Stone received her second Oscar nomination for this film as Meryl Streep received her twentieth Oscar nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) for the Best Actress category. The two actresses have been previously nominated alongside each other for the Best Supporting Actress category two years ago. Stone for _Birdman_ (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and Streep for Into the Woods (2014), but they both lost out to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014). See more »

Goofs

The day Sebastian visits Mia at her coffee shop, Mia entered work wearing black pants with a yellow bag. When Mia leaves work, she is wearing a blue skirt with a red bag. When they show a long shot of Sebastian and Mia walking on the lot, she is seen to be wearing black pants. Then in the next shot, she is wearing the skirt again. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian: I want to let you know you're looking at a new man. A man who's happy to be here.
Boss: Right, and you'll play the set list.
Sebastian: Gladly... Although, you know, I thought in this town it worked on a sort of "one for you, one for me" basis type system. How about two for you, one for me?
Sebastian: How about all for you and none for me?
Boss: That's perfect, yes.
Sebastian: Great.
Boss: Okay.
Sebastian: Okay, a mutual decision then.
Boss: Made by me.
Sebastian: Right, and I sign off on it, so...
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Love letter to Hollywood .. and a Heck of a Film
1 January 2017 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Writer/Director Damien Chazelle, who already had a nice career going for him, explodes into the Bigtime with this delightful, mesmerizing, and completely unexpected ode to Tinseltown.

The opening sequence (satirized on the Golden Globes) really does not do the rest of the film justice. It is as if the cast from the FAME remake grew up, had children of their own, and then those children hijacked the Santa Monica freeway to do a 10 minute flash-mob dance sequence.

From that point on, the film is hypnotic.

We segue to a love story as pure as anything since the great dramas of the 1940s. If the film had been in B&W, you would almost have expected to see Bette Davis in a 3-hankie tear jerker.

Except for the musical interludes, of course, which are pitch perfect and totally wonderful.

Gosling is surprising as a leading man expected to do song and dance, but he delivers the goods.

Stone, who was supposed to be "the next big thing" after Easy A (2010), steals the film and possibly the hearts of the audience as well. The awards should flow like water, and she will deserve every one.

As I said, deep in the DNA this is an ode to Hollywood. The film industry has always had issues with endings -- back in the day they would film several different endings per picture -- and then decide at the last minute which to use. Here Chazelle pays homage to that by giving us an alternate ending, along with the "real" ending, along with a closing sequence designed to remind everyone that nothing in Hollywood is actually real, but everything still can be really fun.

Destined to be a classic. Recommended.


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