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At Theaters: 9/22/2000 On Video: 3/13/2001
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169913
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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When William's love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview an up-and-coming band, he embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band's tour over the objections of his protective mother. As he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band's dynamics, the fledgling reporter loses the objectivity to tell his story honestly, and learns a life-changing lesson.
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Drama - Almost Famous is a period comedy-drama about the world of rock 'n' roll circa 1973. Fans of director Cameron Crowe's films Jerry Maguire and Say Anything will probably enjoy the rich character humor and convincing relationships; most viewers will probably find it funny and true to its era. Some viewers may be bothered by the extensive drug use characteristic of the era, or may simply not care for 1970s rock music and the world the characters inhabit.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Billy Crudup WAKING THE DEAD, PRINCESS MONONOKE
Frances McDormand WONDER BOYS, MADELINE
Kate Hudson 200 CIGARETTES
Jason Lee DOGMA, MUMFORD, SOLDIER, KISSING A FOOL
Anna Paquin A WALK ON THE MOON
Patrick Fugit TV's - Legion of Fire: Killer Ants
Director: Cameron Crowe JERRY MAGUIRE
Producer: Ian Bryce SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
Rock And Roll
Everything Old Is New Again
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PROFANITY: Strong and fairly frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity; some suggestive sexual content
VIOLENCE: A brief scuffle between individuals
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana, hallucinogen and alcohol use
ACTION: Scene of an airplane in crisis
COMEDY: Character-based, mostly verbal humor
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Excellent
Cameron Crowe has helmed only four films in his career, but I'm tempted to call him America's most effortlessly gifted film-maker. He scores again with his semi-autobiographical tale of a precociously talented youth who lands a gig writing about an up and coming rock band for Rolling Stone circa 1973. There's nothing particularly profound about a coming-of-age story with a rock 'n' roll backdrop, nor does there need to be. Almost Famous simply drops us into the world of rock in the early '70s, and lets us observe through William's wide eyes. There's something almost hypnotic about the grace with which Cameron Crowe puts a film together, something that produces winner after winner.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 176 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
18
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
39
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
67
High
94%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William (Patrick Fugit), an unabashed music fan who is inspired by the seminal bands of the time.

When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater--fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and lead singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee)-- William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band's tour, despite the objections of his protective mother (Frances McDormand). With the help of the lovely "band aid" Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), William finds himself drawn into the band's inner circle. But as he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band's dynamics, the fledgling reporter loses the objectivity to tell his story honestly, and learns a life- changing lesson about the importance of family--the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.

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