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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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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$150,885,846 (USA) (14 April 2017)
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Upon its huge historic victory at The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017), La La Land (2016) broke the record for the most Golden Globe Awards with seven wins (beating One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978)), as well as the record with the most Golden Globe wins in every category in which it was nominated with seven nominations and seven wins (also besting One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). See more »

Goofs

When they leave the Lighthouse Seb goes left and Mia goes right. The very next scene shows Seb on the pier. If he had been going to the pier he would have gone right when leaving the Lighthouse. See more »

Quotes

Mia: It's pretty strange that we keep running into each other.
Sebastian: Maybe it means something.
Mia: I doubt it.
Sebastian: Yeah, I didn't think so.
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There is a title card at the very beginning that says "Filmed in Cinemascope." See more »

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References The Black Cat (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

City of Stars (Pier)
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Performed by Ryan Gosling
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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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