La La Land (movie)

2016 musical film by Damien Chazelle

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama movie. Its title is a reference to the nickname for the city of Los Angeles. It is also an idiom for being out of touch with reality.

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.
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Directed byDamien Chazelle
Written byDamien Chazelle
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyLinus Sandgren
Edited byTom Cross
Music byJustin Hurwitz
Production
companies
Distributed bySummit Entertainment
Release dates
  • August 31, 2016 (2016-08-31) (Venice Film Festival)
  • December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09) (United States)
Running time
128 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[3]
Box office$447.4 million[4]

PlotEdit

On a crowded Los Angeles highway, an aspiring actress named Mia is distracted by her preparation for an upcoming audition. That leads to a moment of road rage between her and a pianist named Sebastian. Her audition is yet another failure. At the same time, Sebastian is having a problem paying his bills. This leads to an argument with his sister, Laura. Mia's car is towed. She has to walk back to her apartment.

Sebastian is told by the owner of a restaurant not to play any jazz. Instead, he plays simple variations of Christmas songs. But he begins a heartfelt improvisation at the restaurant. Mia overhears Sebastian playing. She is moved by his talent, and goes to watch him play. Sebastian, however, is quickly fired.

Months later, Mia goes to another party. She sees Sebastian again. He is now playing as the keyboardist for a 1980s pop music cover band. Mia requests that the band play "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls. Afterward the two walk together and look for their cars.

Five years later, Mia is a famous actress. She is married to another man, with whom she has a daughter.

CastEdit

ReleaseEdit

The world premiere for La La Land was at the Venice Film Festival. It was an opening night movie on August 31, 2016.[5] The movie also showed at the Telluride Film Festival,[6] Toronto International Film Festival,[7] and many others.

Country Premiere
  South Korea 7 December 2016
  Israel 8 December 2016
  Singapore 8 December 2016
  Lithuania 9 December 2016
  Pakistan 9 December 2016
  Taiwan 9 December 2016
  Aruba 15 December 2016
  Croatia 15 December 2016
  Estonia 16 December 2016
  India 16 December 2016
  Latvia 16 December 2016
  Suriname 16 December 2016
  Vietnam 16 December 2016
  Colombia 22 December 2016
  Cyprus 22 December 2016
  Greece 22 December 2016
  Netherlands 22 December 2016
  Romania 23 December 2016
  United States 25 December 2016
  Australia 26 December 2016
  Hungary 29 December 2016
  Kuwait 29 December 2016
  Slovakia 29 December 2016
  Bulgaria 30 December 2016
  Turkey 30 December 2016
  Cambodia 4 January 2017
  Czech Republic 5 January 2017
  Lebanon 5 January 2017
  North Macedonia 5 January 2017
  Uruguay 5 January 2017
  Kosovo 5 January 2017
  Indonesia 10 January 2017
  Philippines 11 January 2017
  Germany 12 January 2017
  Georgia 12 January 2017
  Ireland 12 January 2017
  Kazakhstan 12 January 2017
  Russia 12 January 2017
  Thailand 12 January 2017
  Ukraine 12 January 2017
  Spain 13 January 2017
  Finland 13 January 2017
  United Kingdom 13 January 2017
  Jamaica 18 January 2017
  Trinidad and Tobago 18 January 2017
  Brazil 19 January 2017
  Chile 19 January 2017
  Peru 19 January 2017
  Poland 20 January 2017
  Venezuela 20 January 2017
  Belgium 25 January 2017
  France 25 January 2017
  Argentina 26 January 2017
  Costa Rica 26 January 2017
  Guatemala 26 January 2017
  Hong Kong 26 January 2017
  Honduras 26 January 2017
  Italy 26 January 2017
  Nicaragua 26 January 2017
  Panama 26 January 2017
  Portugal 26 January 2017
  El Salvador 26 January 2017
  Sweden 27 January 2017
  South Africa 27 January 2017
  Dominican Republic 2 February 2017
  China 14 February 2017
  Bolivia 16 February 2017
  Ecuador 17 February 2017
  Denmark 23 February 2017
  Japan 24 February 2017
  Norway 24 February 2017

Box officeEdit

La La Land has taken in more than $85 million against a budget of $30 million. The movie was released in the United States in December 2016. In January 2017, the movie showed in more theaters for a total of 1,515 theaters.

Critical responseEdit

La La Land was named by Peter Travers as his favorite movie of 2016. Other critics gave the movie high marks. Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie 91%.[8]

AwardsEdit

La La Land won a number of awards. At the Golden Globe Awards, it won seven awards. These included Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, Best Actor-Musical or Comedy and Best Actress-Musical or Comedy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Film Review: 'La La Land'". Variety.
  2. "La La Land (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. October 14, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  3. Bart, Peter. "Peter Bart: 'La La Land' Adds Musical Backbeat To Wide-Open Awards Race". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. "La La Land (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  5. "La La Land". La Biennale. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  6. "La La Land". Deadline. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  7. "TIFF 2016". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  8. "La La Land". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 9, 2017.