You’ll love “being in the 70’s.” You’ll enjoy having a sneak peek into the life of an up and coming band.
Almost Famous is a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age comedy-drama written and directed by Cameron Crowe. It tells the story of William Miller, an aspiring teenage journalist who gets the chance of a lifetime when he lands a writing gig for Rolling Stone magazine.
William was initially assigned to do a review on a Black Sabbath concert, but in the process meets the members of the opening band, Stillwater. He then gets sent on the road touring with the band, on an assignment to write a story about them for Rolling Stone.
A very young Patrick Fugit stars as the ambitious William Miller; Billy Crudup as Stillwater vocalist Russel Hammond; and Kate Hudson as Penny Lane, the groupie whom William falls in love with while touring with the band. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Lester Bangs, a rock journalist who advises William against befriending rock stars, and Frances McDormand portrays William’s mom, who on the other hand claims that her son has been “kidnapped by rock stars.” Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, and Zooey Deschanel join the cast in smaller yet significant roles.
The film is actually semi-autobiographical. Cameron Crowe himself had been a teenage writer for Rolling Stone and toured with prominent bands such as Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Poco, and The Allman Brothers Band.
Set in the 70’s, you’ll love the visualization, the observation of hippie and groupie culture, and you’ll enjoy having a sneak peek into the life of an up and coming band. You’ll love “being in the 70’s.” It’ll make you wish that you’d existed and borne witness to that era.
So did William’s story get published on Rolling Stone? Better watch the film yourself and see what happens. Here’s the trailer to get you started.
Almost Famous premiered in the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. Although the film didn’t make it big at the box office, it reaped positive reviews from critics. It won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay as well as a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Compilation Album. That said, we have a pretty good story and an awesome soundtrack going on for this film. It’s one of those light, inspiring, feel-good flicks you can’t miss.