La La Land (film)
|La La Land|
Theatrical release poster
|Written by||Damien Chazelle|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|128 minutes |
|Budget||$30 million |
|Box office||$446.1 million |
La La Land is a 2016 American
Chazelle wrote the screenplay in 2010 but did not find a studio willing to finance the production without changes to his design. Following the success of his 2014 film
La La Land was praised for Chazelle's screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone's performances,
While stuck in Los Angeles traffic on "
During a musical gig at a restaurant, Sebastian slips into a passionate jazz improvisation despite warnings from the owner to only play songs from a traditional Christmas setlist. Mia overhears him playing "Mia & Sebastian's Theme" as she passes by. 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 "
The next day, Sebastian arrives at Mia's work, and she shows Sebastian around the movie studio backlot, where she works as a barista, while explaining her passion for acting. Sebastian takes Mia to a jazz club, describing his passion for jazz, his love for this "
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, and the two move in together. Sebastian's former classmate Keith invites him to be the keyboardist in his
During the band's first tour, Mia and Sebastian get into an argument; she accuses him of abandoning his dreams, while Sebastian claims she liked him more when he was unsuccessful. Mia leaves, insulted and frustrated. Sebastian misses Mia's play due to a band photo shoot that he had previously forgotten. The play is a disaster; few people attend, and Mia overhears dismissive comments. Sebastian attempts to apologize to Mia for missing the play, but she is unwilling to forgive him and ends their relationship. Despondent and unable to pay the theater back, Mia moves back home to
Sebastian receives a call from a prominent casting director named Amy Brandt; she attended Mia's play and wishes to invite her to a film audition. Sebastian drives all the way to Boulder City and persuades Mia to attend. Mia eventually agrees and returns to Los Angeles for the audition, at which she is asked simply to tell a story; in response, she sings "
Five years later, Mia is a famous actress and happily married to another man, with whom she has a daughter. One night, the couple stumble upon a jazz bar. Noticing the "Seb's" logo she had once designed, Mia realizes Sebastian has opened his club. When Sebastian notices Mia in the crowd, he plays their love theme on the piano, and a