In case you didn’t know, La La Land was a bit of a hit.
It won a shed-load of Oscars and is currently en route to half a billion at the worldwide box office, which is a lot considering that everyone considered the musical genre to be pretty much dead and buried.
But if anyone was properly effected by the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone romance, then it has got to be 17-year-old Jacob Staudenmaier.
In a genetic gift from the Gods, Staudenmaier bares more than a passing resemblance to the infamous Baby Goose, and he has his doppelganger’s on-screen love-interest set firmly in his sights.
So with the help of some friends, he has recreated the opening number from La La Land and re-wrote the lyrics, all so he could make a promposal to Emma Stone herself.
Clip via Youtube
The video now has quarter of a million views and climbing, and he even found himself on Fox News explaining his video:
“I don’t know if I’m madly in love with her. But I think she’s a very, very talented actress, she definitely deserved the Oscar … She was in a film that I loved so much, and a number of other films I love so much, so it just all came together and I was like, that would be a fun idea for my junior year.”
We have to ask… Has he seen the film? Does he know what happens to Gosling and Stone at the end? Spoiler: it isn’t all smiles and rainbows.
Staudenmaier does say he’ll bring her to the fancy Olive Garden once the prom is over, and it didn’t take long for the restaurant to get involved.
— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) April 5, 2017
Unfortunately, the story ends on a bit of a bittersweet note (literally).
Emma Stone heard of the promposal, and sends Staudenmaier a hand-written note saying she’ll unfortunately have to miss the fantastic date (via Fox News):
“Jacob, thanks for making the greatest proposal I have ever received. I can’t tell you what an honor that was and how much I smiled through that entire beautifully orchestrated video. I’m in London working, but I hope you have the best time at prom, and I’m grateful you thought of me. Thank you. P.S. I do see Gosling around the eyes. Love, Emma.”
On the one hand, he doesn’t get to bring Emma Stone to his prom.
On the other hand, he has a letter from Emma Stone saying that yes, she also thinks he looks like Gosling, and ends with “Love, Emma.”
Prom is just one night. But he’ll have that note forever.