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Going Down in LA-LA Land (2011)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 May 2011 (USA)
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A fresh face comes to Hollywood to act in movies but only the gay porn studios are eager to provide him with work.

Director:

Casper Andreas

Writers:

Casper Andreas (screenplay), Andy Zeffer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Ludwinski ... Adam Zeller
Allison Lane ... Candy
Michael Medico ... John Vastelli
Casper Andreas ... Nick
John Schile ... Ron
Jesse Archer Jesse Archer ... Matthew
Bruce Vilanch ... Missy Manhandler
Judy Tenuta ... Zinnea
Alec Mapa ... Himself
Brent Bailey ... Dean
Scott DeFalco ... Frank
Angelina Hong ... Kim
William Thomas Jones William Thomas Jones ... Robert
Kurt Scholler ... Slave
Todd Sherry ... Collin
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Based on the novel by Andy Zeffer, "Going Down in LA-LA Land" is a riveting and uncensored look at Hollywood. It is a story that reveals how friendships sustain us and keep us going. It is a tale that reflects our celebrity-obsessed culture. It is a revealing look at some people's desire to be loved, adored, and adulated at any cost. Readers have grown to adore the flawed and imperfect, yet earnest and likable characters of Adam and Candy. Now movie audiences will have the same opportunity to follow their rocky ride through Hollywood, and all the laughs that go along with it. Written by Adam Bentley

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All he wanted was a little adulation

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

LA-LA Land See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The production was partly funded on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Surpassing its goal of $10.000 by raising $14.593 in 28 days. See more »

Quotes

Candy: I'm not gonna marry you! I'd rather blow William H. Macy!
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This Hollywood Life
Written by Marilyn Carino and Ben Rubin
Performed by Marilyn Carino and Ben Rubin (as Mudville)
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Going to LA to find an acting career may lead in another direction
13 September 2011 | by oaksongSee all my reviews

This is Casper's best effort to date. The film is beautifully shot and directed. While there may be a misstep here or there, they are easily ignored given the level of acting.

Candy (Allison Lane) and Adam (Matthew Ludwinski) make a warmly klutzy pair of friends who met in film school and have eventually landed in Hollywood. Candy has an apartment, paid for by her boy friend, with a room Adam can crash in until he's got a job.

While some the story is cliché, much of it is original, based on Andy Zeffer's semi-autobiographical novel. Again, while some of the plot points about getting involved in the porn industry aren't particularly new, the tale of a love affair gone awry, with the hope of redemption, rings true.

I found the connection between Adam and John quite convincing. Judy Tenuta as Zinnea, an old friend of John's with secrets of her own, is particularly comical, if over the top in Judy's trademarked manner.

This is not a heavily dramatic story, but is sufficiently entertaining that I heartily recommend it. Having Bruce Vilanch pop in for a cameo was an inspired bit of casting.


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