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Going Down In La-la Land Reviews

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September 7, 2015
This movie is hilarious. Candy is the best!
August 30, 2015
A amateur film maker's homework assignment. Adam an attractive young New Yorker who seeks fame in Tinsel Town (Hollywood), discovers as did many of his predecessors the dark reality of the "movie business".
½ August 26, 2015
It's...familiar plotting and by-the-numbers characterization that sinks this earnest, gay-contoured take on the evergreen making-it-big melodrama.
½ December 28, 2014
another version of the 'going hollywood to be a star' tale
May 17, 2014
Good Gay Story. La-La Land. Good Cameos. Cute Star.
March 16, 2014
Strictly an LGBT film entry, GOING DOWN... begins by romanticizing the sordid aspects of Hollywood's porn and escort industry. At first a cotton candy coated variation of LA's underbelly with splashes of its ugly realities, the film veers half way into showing all that isn't nice. However, disappointingly perhaps, it then resorts to a fairytale ending, a most disturbing way to cap off a movie about not selling yourself short. Oh well, the film certainly seems to want to have its cake and eat it. And with such a vanilla lead and by virtue of its seaminess, combined, it sure does, to confusing yet somewhat satisfying results.
January 3, 2014
The best Gay Movie ever
December 28, 2013
Cute lead actor made this watchable
December 2, 2013
Good story and great main role. Awkward over acting occurs regularly. Still worth watching.
½ July 20, 2013
Slow starter but overall a nice film with some interesting issues. Refreshing.
June 8, 2013
Wow!! Surprisingly heart hitting!! A delightful tearjerker!! Matthew Ludwinski is adorable!! Allison Lane cracks the wip!! And Judy Tenuta!!! Too good!!!
½ May 19, 2013
The film gives an honest look at how easy it can be to stray off the path you started down when you are seduced by a new city, especially Tinseltown. Unfortunately the film turns into a campy attempt at a gay Pretty Woman and has a predictable ending.
½ April 4, 2013
It was OK, yet does seem to reflect what Hollywood is really all about
February 25, 2013
Matthew Ludwinski was amazing, but writer/director Casper Andres' performance was the film's worst. The ADR was bad in some parts, though the film looked very polished.Overall all it was enjoyable, nothing amazing.
February 19, 2013
This gay romcom was perfect. Its not Brokeback Mountain (thank goddess), it was intriguing, funny, sad, and ultimately hopeful. A fairy tale...literally! <3
½ February 19, 2013
Going Down in La-La Land is a charming gay romance flick that dips its toe in the waters of cliche without reeking of it. The story is that of Adam, a very sexy young gay man who has moved to LA from New York City. He moves in with his best friend Candy and begins to pursue a day job and an acting career. He quickly finds the acting world not very permitting, and the job world not much better. He eventually lands an atrocious job, which he promptly quits, before being hit on by a member of his gym who offers him a job opportunity. The job is an office manager position - for a gay porn company.

His friend who introduced him to the job, Nick, is one of the photographers for the company, and Adam and Nick take a liking to one another, eventually beginning a relationship. The porn company's owner and Nick urge Adam to do porn himself, and a string of expensive parking tickets forces Adam's hand. He does a photo shoot, then a film, and then agrees to let the porn company owner pimp him out to closeted celebrities in order to earn the big bucks. One of these celebrities is the very closeted star of a family-oriented sitcom beloved across America, and he and Adam hit it off. About this time, Nick's drug problem comes to light, dissolving his relationship with Adam. Adam pursues a relationship with sitcom star John, but when someone outs John, their relationship finds itself on the rocks as their lives crumble around them.

As I said, Going Down has some cliches, many of the romcom variety, as well as a few familiar beats from other gay films. However, Going Down is ably acted, with Ludwinski's Adam only missing a few moments here and there, and Medico's John being particularly charming. The main character is likable, the plot flows relatively smoothly and logistically from one moment to the next, and the overall story is worth watching, if not appealing to all audiences. The film is a lot less about sex than its "young actor tempted to the porn industry" premise would suggest, and that's not a bad thing, if not a little disappointing. However, there's plenty of moments of eye candy for the gay men and straight women in the audience, and the larger story of the struggle for success and love versus public image is more than enough to reward someone looking for a good film to watch. Despite a clunky name and a premise that doesn't promise much but hot sex scenes, Going Down In La-La Land manages to present a big-hearted story and to put a smile on your face.
½ February 11, 2013
Lo mejor es que muestra una de las ya connocidas caras de Hollywood.
February 5, 2013
The director's previous work (Big Gay Musical) was a black out bingo of every single gay movie cliche in the book. This movie feels like a re-imagined version of 'The Fluffer', but for good reason with one of the actors from 'The Fluffer' wrote the novel this movie is based off of. Where the 'Fluffer' had a bit of a noir feel, this film has a bit more of a comedy feel to it with some great supporting characters.
December 15, 2012
Once more Casper Andreas scores a major blockbuster with Going Down in La-La Land!! Oh my goodness, this movie will resonate with everyone who aspires to enter the back-stabbing, fickle, and tough as nails world of showbusiness. Taking place in Los Angeles a young, attractive and penniless guy named Adam (Matthew Ludwinski) moves from NYC to LA with dreams of stardom (don't they all lol)..So Adam rents a room from his best friend Candy (Allison Lane) who lives with her boyfriend. Candy's boyfriend is tired of supporting her when all she does is shop, hit the gym and fails to land auditions in Hollywood. So he breaks up with her and it is up to Candy and Adam to survive in La-La Land. Adam has a rocky start in Los Angeles but thanks to Nick (Casper Andreas) he lands a production job at a porn studio. Will Adam become a star or end up being another victim of the boulevard of broken dreams like so many in La-La Land, a city known for chewing star wannabes up and spitting them out? Tinseltown's glitter sometimes is only ephemeral and ends up burning you if you are careless. Bravo to Casper Andreas! I am a big fan of his films because they vividly portray our fears, insecurities, hopes and dreams. Watching his films equates to sitting down with a dear and faithful friend to hear a good story. Definitely recommended and cheers to La-La Land, where dreams sometimes do come true!
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