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La La Land (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 25 December 2016 (USA)
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Two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely charming soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant vivacious playwright, while waiting for their big break, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.

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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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Here's to the fools who dream.


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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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LaLa Land  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$151,058,124 (USA) (21 April 2017)
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Trivia

Second 2016 film release featuring a cover version of A-Ha's tune "Take On Me". The first: Sing Street (2016). See more »

Goofs

Camera shadow briefly seen on one part of the freeway, during the "Another Day of Sun" sequence. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian: Alright, I remember you. And I'll admit I was a little curt that night.
Mia: "Curt?"
Sebastian: Okay, I was an asshole. I can admit that. But requesting "I Ran" from a serious musician, it's just, it's too far.
Mia: My Lord, did you just say "a serious musician?"
Sebastian: I don't think so.
Mia: Can I borrow what you're wearing?
Sebastian: Why?
Mia: Because I have an audition next week. I'm playing a serious firefighter.
Sebastian: So you're an actress? I thought you looked familiar. Have I seen you in anything?
Mia: Uhh, the coffee shop on the Warner Brothers ...
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #15.1 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Rialto at Ten
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Performed by La La Land Jazz Ensemble
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Overrated. Sub-par music. Depressing Ending.
17 April 2017 | by (the Edge of the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

This movie won awards and praised by some, so the chances are that you are going to see it eventually...

As a musical it lacks good music and good choreography. It draws inspiration by classics like Singing in the rain and West Side Story but it can't compete with any of these masterpieces and it doesn't offer anything new in the genre.

In terms of acting Emma Stone is very good, showing seamless transitions between opposite emotions but nothing special from Ryan Gosling who adds to the sad tone that the movie will eventually reach.

The plot it starts as a satire of todays (and past and maybe future) Los Angeles, which is full of waitresses who want to be famous actresses and struggling musicians who have their own dreams to make it in a very competitive world.

Later it becomes a romantic story (not only for relationships but also for dreams and wishes) but in its final act the movie takes a serious dramatic turn where the two "happy" endings are combining to a depressing conclusion, that even the final two reassuring nods can't repair. Add to this an alternate timeline flashback that the director/writer wanted to incorporate to his vision, and you end up with an overall depressing movie that actually ruins the optimistic feeling and the romance that initially had.

Overall: Depressing. Mediocre forgettable music. A classic story that ends up in a melancholic, yet pragmatical, way.

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