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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.
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
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
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.
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.