A porn-star past threatens a Hollywood ending

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“Going Down in La-La Land,” from prolific gay film maker Casper Andreas, is the big screen adaptation of Andy Zeffer’s novel of the same name. The title, applicable to both a plummet from grace and the sex act, offers a good indication of the story’s direction.

Young and pretty New Yorker Adam (Matthew Ludwinski) arrives bright-eyed and smooth-tailed in Los Angeles to become an actor. Rooming with fellow struggling actor Candy (Allison Lane), he quickly gets a lesson in the harsh realities of Hollywood. Not only is it hard to get acting gigs, but most food service slots are also filled. A receptionist job at a talent agency also proves disastrous.

Flirty photographer/ filmmaker Nick (Casper Andreas) hits on Adam and then convinces him to pose for pix. Soon the pair is dating. Nick, who also works in the porn field, gets Adam an administrative job at a porn studio and soon Adam is a rising star. Adam’s boss Ron (John Schile) arranges a few escort jobs, including one with closeted sitcom star John (Michael Medico). But Adam wants to go legit. As Adam and John’s relationship develops beyond that of hooker and john, John offers Adam a job as his assistant.

Meanwhile, Nick is in a steady, Tina-fueled decline. And John’s bitchy beard Zinnea (Judy Tenuta) could potentially make waves. Adam’s pesky porn past threatens to destroy everything.

But a well-earned happy ending is lurking in the wings. Screenwriter/director Andreas continues to improve with each of his films, and Ludwinski is an actor to watch in more ways than one. “Going Down in La-La Land” is available for view on Video on Demand – contact your cable/satellite provider.

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