While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.


Damien Chazelle


Damien Chazelle
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 236 wins & 287 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Sebastian
Emma Stone ... Mia
Amiee Conn ... Famous Actress (as Amiée Conn)
Terry Walters ... Linda (Coffee Shop Manager)
Thom Shelton Thom Shelton ... Coffee Spiller
Cinda Adams ... Casting Director (First Audition)
Callie Hernandez ... Tracy
Jessica Rothe ... Alexis
Sonoya Mizuno ... Caitlin
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Laura
J.K. Simmons ... Bill
Claudine Claudio ... Karen (Waitress)
Jason Fuchs ... Carlo
D.A. Wallach D.A. Wallach ... '80s Singer
Trevor Lissauer ... Valet


Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Written by Eirini

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Here's to the fools who dream.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Chazelle says that the dance movement in the opening sequence was influenced by the opening of Jaques Demy's, The Young Girls of Rochefort and the athleticism of the opening dance number was inspired by Michael Kidd's choreography in the classic MGM musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. See more »


The opening scenes include Christmas decorations in the coffee shop, Mia's apartment, and the jazz club, and "Jingle Bells" on the soundtrack, but Mia's phone shows the date as January 25. See more »


Sebastian: Please stop sneaking into my home.
Laura: You think mom or dad would call this a home?
Sebastian: What are you doing? Please don't do that. Please don't sit on that.
Laura: Are you kidding?
Sebastian: [ushering her off the stool] Please don't sit on that. Don't sit on that. Don't sit on that. Hoagy Carmichael sat on that!
Laura: Oh, my god.
Sebastian: The Baked Potato just threw it away.
Laura: I can't imagine why.
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Crazy Credits

There is a title card at the very beginning that says "Presented in CinemaScope." See more »


Featured in Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: The Romcom (2018) See more »


City Of Stars (Humming)
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Performed by Emma Stone
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User Reviews

A true ode to the Golden Era of Hollywood
10 August 2019 | by wgerhardtSee all my reviews

The vibrant colors and use of musical scores to set the mood for scenes transported myself back in time. This movie feels not only like a beautifully nostalgic nod to Hollywood of yesteryear, but also that of a timeless love story. Gosling and Stone have a charm to their chemistry on screen during the musical and dance numbers. All these aspects lead to a raw portrayal of love that many experience in life, with still providing a sense of hope and wonder to the viewers. I was entranced from the opening scene until the final note played by Goslings piano. I absolutely recommend this film to any and everyone!

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Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

LaLa Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$881,104, 11 December 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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