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La La Land (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 25 December 2016 (USA)
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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

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Mia
Amiée Conn ...
Famous Actress
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Linda (Coffee Shop Manager)
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Coffee Spiller
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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$150,885,846 (USA) (14 April 2017)
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The production reopened two locations for filming: The Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena and the Angels Flight railway in downtown L.A. The Rialto has been closed since 2007 because it was unable to sustain itself as a single movie theatre. Angels Flight has been closed since 2013 over safety issues to the public. Filmmakers were able to get around this by stating that the railway was operating for a day to get it back into service while secretly filming the scene as a private function. See more »

Goofs

Early in the opening scene on the freeway, Sebastian's car has the shift lever in the park position. See more »

Quotes

Mia: I'm always gonna love you.
Sebastian: I'm always gonna love you, too.
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Crazy Credits

There is a title card at the very beginning that says "Filmed in Cinemascope." See more »


Soundtracks

Planetarium
from Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Written and Conducted by Leonard Rosenman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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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 loves 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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