La La Land (film)

La La Land
A man and a woman dancing at sunset; a city view stretches out behind them. The woman is wearing a bright yellow dress, her partner is wearing a white colored shirt and tie with dark trousers.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Produced by
Written by Damien Chazelle
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Cinematography Linus Sandgren
Edited by Tom Cross
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date
  • August 31, 2016 (2016-08-31) ( Venice Film Festival)
  • December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09) (United States)
Running time
128 minutes [1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million [2]
Box office $341.1 million [3]

La La Land is a 2016 American musical romantic comedy- drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film's title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.

Chazelle wrote the screenplay in 2010, but he did not find a studio willing to finance the production without changes to his design. Following the success of his 2014 film Whiplash, the project was picked up by Summit Entertainment. La La Land premiered at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 9, 2016. It has grossed $341 million worldwide on a production budget of $30 million.

La La Land received critical acclaim upon its release, and was regarded as one of the best films of 2016. Critics praised Chazelle's screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone's performances, Justin Hurwitz's score, and the film's musical numbers. At the 89th Academy Awards, the film received a record-tying 14 nominations (equalling 1997's Titanic and 1950's All About Eve), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Gosling), Best Actress (Stone), and two nominations for Best Original Song (" Audition" and " City of Stars"). The film also won in every category it was nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, with a record-breaking seven wins, and received eleven nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, winning five.


Stuck in traffic on a crowded Los Angeles highway (" Another Day of Sun"), Mia ( Emma Stone), an on-studio (on the Warner Bros. lot) barista and aspiring actress, has a moment of road rage with Sebastian ( Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz pianist. Her subsequent audition goes poorly despite her efforts. That night, Mia's roommates take her to a lavish party in the Hollywood Hills to cheer her up ("Someone in the Crowd"). She has to take a long walk back after finding that her car has been towed away.

During a gig at a restaurant, Sebastian slips into a passionate jazz improvisation despite warnings from the owner ( J. K. Simmons) to stick to the setlist. Mia overhears the music as she passes by ("Mia and Sebastian's Theme"). Moved, she enters, but Sebastian is promptly fired for his disobedience. As he storms out, Mia attempts to compliment him, but he coldly 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)". After the gig, the two walk together to find their cars, lamenting being in each other's company despite the chemistry between them ("A Lovely Night").

Mia takes Sebastian on a walk around the movie lot, 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, which Mia accepts, forgetting an earlier commitment with her current boyfriend. Discontented with that date, she leaves and rushes to the theatre, finding Sebastian as the film begins. 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 personal single-actress play. Sebastian begins to perform regularly at the jazz club ("Summer Montage") and the two move in together. A high school classmate, Keith ( John Legend), invites Sebastian to be the keyboardist in his jazz band, which offers a steady source of income. Sebastian is dismayed over the band's pop-oriented style, but decides to sign with them after overhearing Mia trying to convince her mother that Sebastian is working on his career. Mia attends one of their concerts ("Start a Fire") but is disturbed, knowing Sebastian does not enjoy his band's music.

During the band's first tour, Mia and Sebastian get into an argument; she accuses him of abandoning his dreams while he claims she liked him more when he was unsuccessful. Insulted, Mia leaves. On the night of Mia's play, Sebastian fails to show up due to a photo shoot he had forgotten about. The play is a disaster; few people attend it and Mia overhears dismissive comments. Despondent, she decides to move back home to Boulder City, Nevada.

One day, Sebastian receives a call from a casting director who had attended Mia's play, inviting Mia to a film audition the following evening. Sebastian drives to Boulder City and persuades Mia to attend. For the audition Mia is simply asked to tell a story; she begins to sing about her aunt who inspired her to pursue acting ("Audition/The Fools Who Dream"). Sebastian asserts that Mia must devote herself wholeheartedly to the opportunity. They profess they will always love each other but are uncertain of their future.

Five years later, Mia is a famous actress and happily married to another man ( Tom Everett Scott), 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 finally opened his club. Sebastian spots Mia in the crowd, visibly unsettled. He begins to play their love theme, prompting an extended dream sequence in which the two imagine what might have been had their relationship worked perfectly ("Epilogue"). The song ends and Mia leaves with her husband. Before departing, she shares one last look with Sebastian, and they both smile.

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