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Going Down in LA-LA Land

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A candid, sexy, and outrageously funny look at what an actor can - and will do - to survive in Hollywood. Young, handsome, and ambitious, Adam arrives from New York with dreams of making it big in L.A. He moves in with his zany best friend Candy who, between auditions, spends her time at the gym, shopping, or looking for a wealthy man. Adam gets off to a rocky start, complete with parking tickets and an insufferable job answering phones. A new job in production looks promising, but soon Adam finds himself dealing with down-and-out directors, washed up starlets, and meth addicts, as he starts to loose himself in a seamy underworld of gay porn and prostitution.

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  • Actors: Matthew Luwinski, Allison Lane, Casper Andreas, Michael Medico, John Schile
  • Directors: Casper Andreas
  • Format: Surround Sound, Closed-captioned
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Embrem Entertainment
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080JX4Y2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Tusshar on August 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I found this film to be a sexy, candid, and funny look at what an actor will do to survive in Hollywood. Young, ambitious and gay, Adam Zeller arrives from New York with the looks and talent to become a star but soon finds himself lost in a seamy (and steamy) underworld of gay porn and male prositution, dealing with down-and-out directors, washed up starlets, crystal meth addicts and the pretty boy Hollywood A lister. He struggles to find his way back to the road of stardom, bu first gets a first-hand education on the X-rated film industry and finds out what really goes on in the town's top talent agencies. But it's not long before he's reduced to working as a male prostitute, turning tricks with a billionaire businessman and getting a peek inside the closet of one of America's most beloved TV stars. "Going Down In La-La Land" is a sexy and scandalous look at the other side of Hollywood, where dreams are dashed and hopes replaced with heartbreak.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on April 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Over the past 7 years, I have seen many Gay films. Most of the American ones have sucked, while the international tiles have fared better. Going Down In LA-LA Land is great gay movie. In telling the story of Adam, a young gay man who moves to LA to become a "star", Casper Andreas has woven biblical allegory with the quest for love and sex. After failing to become a T.V. star, Adam becomes a clerk at Jet Set men. To say anything more of the plot would ruin the movie. I would rank this and the Crying Game as the best gay films ever made. Like The Crying Game, LA-LA Land is dramatic, but not tragic. Also, Matthew Ludwinski is super hot.
This is a must buy for Gay men.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ronald N. Tan on June 24, 2012
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Let's face it--gay movies are a hit or a miss with not only insipid and abyssal in content, but atrocious in script and acting. Once in a blue moon, gay movie gems would surface and I am glad to have recently discovered "Going Down in LA-LA Land" directed by Mr. Casper Andreas and starring Mr. Matthew Ludwinski. The movie concludes with a happy ending and chronicles the challenges and adversity of Adam (Ludwinski) following his dreams and heart of being an actor in Los Angeles. The plot isn't original and I would have enjoyed the movie more had they not include the gossip columnist, Mr. Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. (alias "Perez Hilton") in a scene near the conclusion of the movie. What gravitated me towards the movie was the journey Adam chose to undertake for the sake of following his heart.

"Going Down in LA-LA Land" explores the adult entertainment industry as the black, kiss of death with the potential to terminate any aspiring actor's career or an alternative, rear entry into the glitz and glamour that is Hollywood, where you are likely to be cast based on association. How far are you willing to go at finding and connecting with the power players? The cinematography and script isn't anywhere close to Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (for obviously financial resources). Mr. Andreas managed to enlist the help from burgeoning model and actor, Mr. Matthew Ludwinski. It was a delightful cast to see Mr. Ludwinski in a movie. Models transitioning to acting is like watching paint dry. Or I would rather chew cardboard or have my tooth pulled out without any local anesthetic, than watching lifeless actors delivering boring lines!

Mr. Matthew Ludwinski delivered a great performance as Adam and his portrayal of Adam won me. While watching the movie, I was saying, "NO!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on July 22, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The story, based on a novel of the same name, is similar to that of the film 'The Fluffer' only not as dark. This film is along the veins of "Between Love and Goodbye" and not his comedies, such as the amazing 'Violet Tendencies'.

The synergy of the male actors (including love interest #2, Michael Medico) is its strength, and it holds the film up well. The main actor, Matthew Ludwinski (as Adam), was enjoyable and believable in his role... and, obviously, not hard on the eyes. Director Casper Andreas did a splendid job as porn director/love interest #1, Nick. I thought it was great/interesting to see him in a role outside of his evolving/continuing role of 'Markus' in several of his other films (though, I do love that character). The seduction of Adam in to the industry is as seductive as the romantic/sexual interactions with these two lead men.

I found the pace off at times, though, as it tried to interject comedy via Allison Lane (as 'Candy') in to the more serious cinematic piece, which unfortunately gave the film a few unbalanced moments.

Finally, the film is wonderfully shot; it looks stunning! I highly recommend checking it out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. LeRose on August 18, 2012
Format: DVD
Casper Andreas is one of my favorite film-makers. His movies always surround real life people in challenging situations. His character studies of how these individuals react to circumstances beyond their control, or dangerously outside their comfort zone are always fasccinating to watch. This movie is no different. These are people you know, live next door to, are friends with, or maybe they could be you! And Casper writes tales that make you care about what happens to his characters...you get to know them and are invested in the outcome. He also knows how to splice humor into scenes otherwise filled with pathos. And in this day and age, it is heart warming to find gay friendly films that aren't necessarily about being gay...this is a story of a young man whose life takes turns that he does not expect, and maybe, for which he is not prepared...and we root for him, and his friends to have that happy ending...and La La Land doesn't disappoint! Buy this movie! And make sure you check out the rest of Andreas' collection! You'll be glad you did!
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