Going Down In La-la Land Reviews
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.