While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

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Damien Chazelle

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Damien Chazelle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Sebastian
Emma Stone ... Mia
Amiee Conn ... Famous Actress (as Amiée Conn)
Terry Walters ... Linda (Coffee Shop Manager)
Thom Shelton Thom Shelton ... Coffee Spiller
Cinda Adams ... Casting Director (First Audition)
Callie Hernandez ... Tracy
Jessica Rothe ... Alexis
Sonoya Mizuno ... Caitlin
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Laura
J.K. Simmons ... Bill
Claudine Claudio ... Karen (Waitress)
Jason Fuchs ... Carlo
D.A. Wallach D.A. Wallach ... '80s Singer
Trevor Lissauer ... Valet
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Storyline

Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that 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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Trivia

The piano music in the film was pre-recorded by jazz musician Randy Kerber with Gosling playing over top of the track. See more »

Goofs

When Sebastian goes to check on the oven after the argument with Mia, the smoke rises out of the oven slowly and almost horizontally, a sign that fake smoke was placed inside. If the oven had actually started smoking due to extreme heat overcooking the food, the smoke would rise vertically and extremely fast upon being opened. See more »

Quotes

Mia: I made you something.
Sebastian: For what?
Mia: For your club.
Sebastian: [she shows him a hand-draw logo] Why does it say "Seb's"?
Mia: 'Cause I think you should call it Seb's.
Sebastian: What?
Mia: 'Cause no one's gonna come to "Chicken on a Stick".
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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

Spoofed in Ryan Gosling (2020) 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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Nostalgic, Colourful, Joyous CinemaScope Magic
18 January 2017 | by CalRhysSee all my reviews

Do I like musicals? Not really... but damn, 'La La Land' is a nostalgic, colourful, joyful marvel!

Damien Chazelle gained international acclaim and recognition from his masterful drama 'Whiplash', what were the chances that he could pull off similar success two times in the row? Well, if 'La La Land' is anything to go by, then I'd say he did the job. With just three films under his belt as of 2016, Chazelle is slowly becoming the next big thing this movie industry has seen. His passion for classic movies and musicals is evident as he references and pulls influence from films like 'Singin' in the Rain', 'The Umbrellas of Cherborg' and even 'Rebel Without a Cause', the latter of which is one of my favourite films so seeing the nod to it was something I was pleased about.

The chemistry between Gosling and Stone is strong to say the least, after two previous collaborations, their already-strong bond helped them become one of modern-day cinema's finest couples. The music is bouncy and toe-tapping catchy, the cinematography is utterly stunning with gorgeous colours and impressive long takes, and the locations sum up the American dream and the passion the characters hold for Los Angeles. 'La La Land' is by far one of the finest cinema experiences I have had in the past 5-10 years, and although this isn't a film I would typically enjoy (genre-wise), Chazelle has instead crafted one of my favourite films of this decade. A film I would recommend everyone see in the cinema to truly witness the CinemaScope magic.


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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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LaLa Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$881,104, 11 December 2016

Gross USA:

$151,101,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$448,906,865
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