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Sexual freedom for the sake of love.....,
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This review is from: Going Down In La La Land [DVD] (DVD)
Andy Zeffer's book Going Down in La-La Land is extremely well written, and provides a detailed look at the truth behind some of Hollywood's curtains. The movie successfully portrays this, without deviating much from the sincerity contained within the book. More specifically you cannot help but sympathise with the characters, most of whom seem to want nothing more than an opportunity. Matthew Ludwinski who plays Matthew tries like many who have gone before him to make a career of acting, and suffers the indignity of being abused by those that seek to exploit the many who seek fame. The truth is that many will fail to make the grade, and many more will fall between the gaps, preyed upon by both the commercial business interests in film and business in general. Knowing that many have to sustain their livelihoods whilst pursuing their Hollywood dreams, allows many an employer to abuse their staff, knowing that there is always someone to replace them. Then there is the seedy world of porn, which provides an alternative to the many that can't find a break. The question is which business is more seedy, the one that exploits young men and women commercially, or the porn industry that sustains them (albeit for awhile).
What I particularly enjoyed about the portrayal of young Matthew as a budding porn "star" was his sincerity and believability as a character. Far from being coerced into porn he actively makes a choice, albeit influenced by someone he cares for. Such is the power of wanting to be loved and accepted. Many exploit this, whilst others recognise it as a driving force for their own redemption. Just as easily as they are drawn into this world which is constantly looking for new, fresh sexuality, they break from it.
Its a heartless reality, but some are able to rise above it. "Going down in la la land", has it moments. Some of which are a little far fetched, such as the closeted actor abandoning all for love. All in all however, it is sincere, well intentioned and very well written. The acting is really good, and the production rather slick when compared to many others of the same theme. Generally a well positioned movie, with some beautiful moments.
The comedy whilst an aside, is extremely well crafted and fitting of such an intense subject. All in all I liked this movie a great deal, and look forward to seeing more of the director Casper Andreas (who also stars in the film). I particularly enjoyed some of his other films such as: Between Love & Goodbye [DVD] and Big Gay Musical [DVD]. Although I would give his: Slutty Summer  [DVD]  and A Four Letter Word [DVD]  a skip.
"Going down in la la land," is one of his better movies, and I am sure many would appreciate it for what it is.