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La La Land | 2016 | PG-13 | - 3.2.5

A musical set in LA, where a struggling actress (Emma Stone) on the brink of throwing it all in meets a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) whose dream is to open his own jazz club. Also with J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Jason Fuchs, John Legend, Sonoya Mizuno and Callie Hernandez. Directed by Damien Chazelle. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A man and a woman touch hands and nearly kiss in a dark movie theater. A clothed man and a woman snuggle in bed together (we do not see sex). A man and a woman dance and kiss at a wedding reception. A man and a woman hug and kiss in several scenes.
 A man and a woman dance and embrace. Men and women dance sensually with men nuzzling the women's necks and caressing their chest (clothed). Women wearing low-cut dresses and shorts (cleavage and bare legs are seen) dance among cars stopped in traffic on a highway; one woman's skirt flips up t reveal an undergarment (like a dance pant).
 Men and women are shown wearing swimsuits at a pool party (women's cleavage, bare abdomens and backs are seen as well as men's bare chest and abdomens). Women wear short shorts and dresses that reveal cleavage during a dance number. A woman showers and we see her upper chest and cleavage. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a dress that reveals her bare back. We see that a woman is pregnant with a swollen belly.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man turns down a one way street and backs out with a truck driving toward him. A man smacks another man on the shoulders after he dances with the first man's wife (during a song and dance number). A man honks his car horn angrily and scowls at a woman in another car as he passes her on the road.
 A man and a woman yell at each other. A man and a woman argue about chasing dreams and selling out. A man is fired from a restaurant bar when he does not play songs that the manager requested. A woman cries in character during an audition. We hear a story about a woman jumping into the Seine river.
 A smoke alarm sounds when a soufflé burns. Two men move on a bicycle and a skateboard respectively through parked cars in a traffic jam, jumping from cement walls to car hoods, etc.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 2 obscene hand gestures, 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (shady, weirdo, baby), exclamations ("pisherkaka"), 2 religious profanities (GD), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted],Holy [mild obscenity deleted], My Lord, Oh My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Three women drink wine in an apartment, people drink alcohol at a bar, people in a restaurant bar are seen with alcoholic beverages, people drink alcoholic beverages at a pool party, people drink in a jazz club, people drink at a gathering, people drink wine with dinner, and glasses of champagne are poured at a party.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Competition, dreams, goals, Hollywood, movie business, relationships, values, history of jazz, revolutionary vs. traditionalist, passion, disappointment, love, growing up.

MESSAGE - Following dreams can be difficult and can challenge relationships.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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