La La Land (movie)

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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
Produced by
Written byDamien Chazelle
Starring
Music byJustin Hurwitz
CinematographyLinus Sandgren
Edited byTom Cross
Distributed bySummit 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]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[2]
Box office$369 million[3]

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical 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.

Plot[change | change source]

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.

Cast[change | change source]

Release[change | change source]

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 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 office[change | change source]

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 response[change | change source]

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]

Awards[change | change source]

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "La La Land (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. October 14, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. Bart, Peter. "Peter Bart: 'La La Land' Adds Musical Backbeat To Wide-Open Awards Race". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. "La La Land (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. "Film Review: 'La La Land'". Variety.
  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.