Pretty soon, everyone has left their car and is singing the song while dancing in the street or on the cars that are parked via the traffic jam, everything synchronized for the full-length musical number. He dreams of opening his own jazz club, most specifically in what used to be a famous jazz club that has since been converted to a tapas-bar-cum-salsa-dance-club. He tells her there's no set amount of time but when it's done, they will then begin recording the record and then start another tour to promote the record -- the whole thing could be years. As fantasy, the lights in the club dim and he plays the piano in a spotlight. Mia works at a coffee shop on the Warner Bros lot, serving the employees of the studio. Inside, the club is packed with people as the band is finishing a song.
It's more like ''Rebel Without a Cause. Sebastian returns the next morning and parks outside of her house but she's not there. Sebastian notices Mia in the crowd, temporarily losing his cool demeanor. He also tells her that jazz is dying, and his dream is to open his own jazz club where they play whatever they want, whenever they want. As he heads out after practice, Keith reminds Sebastian of the photo shoot they have that night, for the album artwork. Mia rushes off so she won't be late and collides with a customer, spilling coffee all over her shirt.
But then we pull back to see it's actually a scrim with a palm tree and were on the Warner Bros. There is no script, as they say it will be built around the lead actress, so for her audition, they ask her to tell her a story. Mia is an actress who dropped out of college and moved from small-town Nevada five years ago to pursue her dream. Mia isn't sure if she wants to travel all the way back to L. He immediately goes into a spiel about how his career is blowing up and he's on everyone's radar; she excuses herself and ventures over to the band, only to see Sebastian is the keyboardist, wearing a hot red track suit akin to '80s fashion.
After dinner, Mia is walking to their car but the sound of jazz music convinces David to scope out a nearby jazz club. I will say briefly - done genius! Unnerved by the band's pop style, Sebastian signs subsequent to catching Mia attempting to persuade her mom that Sebastian is chipping away at his vocation. After more fizzled tryouts, Mia chooses, at Sebastian's proposal, to compose a one-lady play. Sebastian gets to the theater after it's closed but in time to run into Mia leaving. He doesn't understand why she's debating about his band she pressured him to make money to start a club and he went out and did that. The singer asks if anyone has any requests.
They claim they will dependably cherish each other however are questionable of their future. As he passes her, she tries to tell him how moved she was by his music but he gives her a dirty look and pushes past her. They find an unlocked door around the back, and venture inside. She playfully mocks his outfit and says she needs his wardrobe for an audition she has that week, for the role of a Serious Fireman. He apologizes for missing the show. The lights dim on him and he plays, lit only by spotlight. He tells her she is no longer accessible.
As the song and the crowd grows more frenzied, Mia is pushed to the back of the crowd, and fades out of Sebastian's view by the end of the song. However, when she gets home Sebastian is there to surprise her, having come back into town for just one night to see her. Some releases have had really noisy looking grain, but that's not the case with La La Land. Sebastian realizes the dinner has been burnt in the oven. Mia's show ends and we see that only about ten people are in the audience.
When it's over, the lights come back up and we find him back in the restaurant where she first saw him playing the piano. He asks Mia why she wanted to be an actress. We see the party in a classic movie musical montage with close-ups of champagne being poured and creepy older men hitting on Mia. She goes back to the counter and Sebastian is there; the only info he had about her was where she worked. She goes to the window and see Sebastian across the street, with a neighbor yelling at him to be quiet.
A couple of passing notes about this release: this had a much longer than usual boot up process, and one where it sounded like the disc drive was struggling a bit to find the appropriate data. She emails a handful of people about her show, then on her way home she leaves a message for Sebastian, saying she misses him and that they haven't talked in a while as he's been on the road touring. He walks towards Mia who tries to compliment him but instead of brushing her off as before, he grabs her and kisses her. She strolls home after her auto is towed. Sebastian suggests she's surprised that the band would be successful because she suspected it would fail. He asks if Mia wants to check it out and she agrees. I do not have to think much.