La La Land

La La Land

Here's to the fools who dream.

20162 h 08 min
Overview

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.

Metadata
Director Damien Chazelle
Runtime 2 h 08 min
Release Date 29 November 2016
Details
Movie Rating Excellent
Actors
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno, Tom Everett Scott, Meagen Fay, Damon Gupton, Jason Fuchs, Josh Pence, Valarie Rae Miller, Olivia Hamilton, Hemky Madera, Zoë Hall, Dempsey Pappion, Anna Chazelle, Terry Walters, Claudine Claudio, John Hindman, Miles Anderson, Marius De Vries, Christopher Michael Stevens, Keith Harris, Kaveh Rastegar, David Douglas, Nicole Coulon, Nicole Wolf, Trevor Lissauer, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Thom Shelton, Cinda Adams, Amiée Conn, Bobo Chang, D.A. Wallach, Briana Lee, Sandra Rosko, Reshma Gajjar, Candice Coke, Hunter Hamilton, Damian Gomez, Amanda Balen, Cindera Che, Chris Moss, Marissa Labog, Tiffany Daniels, Melinda Sullivan, Britt Stewart, Clarice Ordaz, Nathan Prevost, Scott Hislop, Kc Monnie, Krystal Ellsworth, Sarah Mitchell, Morgan Larson, Becca Sweitzer, Gakenia Muigai, Michael Stein, Mario Diaz, Julie Schmid, Lexie Contursi, Eartha Robinson, Sybil Azur, Tara Nicole Hughes, Kayla Kalbfleisch, Martha Nichols, Anthony Marciona, Robert Roldan, Bill Prudich, Ryan Novak, Demian Boergadine, Gustavo Vargas, Robert Haynes, Corrin Evans, Ana Flavia Gavlak, Andres Perez-Molina, Phillip E. Walker, Milica Govich, Kaye L. Morris, Nilla Elizabeth Watkins, Holly Houk, Jesse Houk, Kristin Slaysman, Cameron Brinkman, Jordan Ray Fox, Caroline Jaden Stussi, Margaret Newborn, Nadia Tumanova, Crystal Nichol, Kristin Elliott, Andrea Lareo, Christopher Aber, Anna Lunberry, Courtney Hart, Shannon Leann, Jenna Curtis, Noah James, Tommy Cooley, Morgan Cohen, Jeremy Nathan Tisser, Patty Tobin, Heather Turman, Susie Ganiere, Ottavio Taddei, April Martucci, Trent Kerpsack, Lynn Moore, Vince Donvito, Steffen Dziczek, Melvin LaThomas Brimm, Kelly Kennedy, Clarence Robinson, Dapo Torimiro, Destinee Handly, Tommy Otis, Amanda Fields, Frederick Keeve, Kayla Bechor

While stuck in traffic on a Los Angeles highway (“Another Day of Sun”), Mia Dolan, an aspiring actress, has a moment of road rage with Sebastian Wilder, a struggling jazz pianist. After a bad day at work, her subsequent audition goes poorly when the casting director takes a call in the middle of an emotional scene. That night, Mia’s roommates take her to a lavish party in the Hollywood Hills, where Mia hopes for a breakthrough (“Someone in the Crowd”). She walks home after her car is towed.

During a gig at a restaurant, Sebastian slips into a passionate jazz improvisation despite warnings from the owner to stick to the setlist of traditional Christmas songs. Mia overhears the music as she passes by (“Mia and Sebastian’s Theme”). Moved, she enters the restaurant, but Sebastian is fired for his disobedience. As he storms out, Mia attempts to compliment him, but he brushes her off.

Months later, Mia runs into Sebastian at a party where he plays in a 1980s pop cover band; she teases him by requesting “I Ran (So Far Away)”, a song he considers an insult for “a serious musician”. After the gig, the two walk to their cars, lamenting each other’s company despite the chemistry between them (“A Lovely Night”).

The next day, Sebastian arrives at Mia’s work, and she shows Sebastian around the movie lot, where she works as a barista, while explaining her passion for acting. Sebastian takes Mia to a jazz club, describing his passion for jazz and desire to open his own club. They warm to each other (“City of Stars”). Sebastian invites Mia to a screening of Rebel Without a Cause; Mia accepts, forgetting a commitment with her current boyfriend. Bored with the double date with her boyfriend, she runs to the theater and finds Sebastian as the film begins. When the projector breaks, the two conclude their evening with a romantic dance at the Griffith Observatory (“Planetarium”).

After more failed auditions, Mia decides, at Sebastian’s suggestion, to write a one-woman play. Sebastian begins to perform regularly at a jazz club (“Summer Montage”), and the two move in together. Sebastian’s former classmate Keith invites him to be the keyboardist in his fusion jazz band, where he will be offered a steady income. Although he is dismayed by the band’s pop style, Sebastian signs after overhearing Mia trying to convince her mother that Sebastian is working on his career. The band finds success, but when Mia attends one of their concerts (“Start a Fire”) she is disturbed, knowing Sebastian does not enjoy their music…

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