A young boy gets the chance to write an article for Rolling Stone and
accompanies an up-and-coming rock band on tour to write about them.
Almost Famous (2000)
Written and Directed by Cameron Crowe
Starring Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup,
Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Noah Taylor, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Jimmy Fallon
Oscar Wins - Best Original Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson),
Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Film Editing
Almost Famous is one of those films that's still relevant after so many years. It speaks to the adventurous teen inside all of us and tells us that these are the best years of our lives and we need to live them. Cameron Crowe used his own experiences to pen this instant classic that I would consider to be the ultimate coming-of-age story. But at the same time, there's a sense of maturity and self-awareness at work, and that's owed to the many fantastic performances throughout.
Aspiring rock journalist William Miller (Fugit) gets the chance of a lifetime when he's hired by Rolling Stone to write an article about up-and-coming rock band Stillwater. William joins the band on their tour and witnesses their turmoil, their rocky relationships, and their struggle to be artists, all the while falling in love with rock groupie Penny Lane (Hudson). William becomes a man on this trip, in more ways than one, and his eventual confrontation with rock star Russell Hammond (Crudup) is a highlight of the film.
Almost Famous is a film that perfectly captures the dark side of rock and roll through the eyes of someone too innocent for that world. It's like a Venus Fly Trap. It looks so inviting and exciting, but once you're in that world, it sucks the life out of you if you're not careful. Remember who your friends are, and always trust in them. This film is a great showcase for Cameron Crowe's underrated talent, as well as the skills of every actor involved. It's definitely never going away.