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Plot: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour. Runtime: 122 mins Release Date: 22 Sep 2000
One of my favourite movies of all-time (by segacs)
Finally, a movie worth the full price of a ticket! Almost Famous is Cameron Crowe's semi-autobigraphical story of an aspiring rock journalist who goes on tour with a band in the 1970's. If it sounds familiar, it's probably because the story is hardly new. There have been dozens of movies made about the rock and roll lifestyle: the drugs, the sex, the fights, and all the bumps on the road to success.So what sets Almost Famous apart? The acting, for one. Frances McDormand was brilliant as William's newcomer Patrick Fugit well-meaning but overbearing mother. Fugit, for his <more>
part, had a convincing performance as the shy, awkward teenager struggling to be a journalist but at the same time aching to belong. Kate Hudson, in her breakout role as groupie "Penny Lane", gave her character depth beyond what might have been a limiting role. And Billy Crudup, as band Stillwater's charismatic lead guitarist, shines. Jason Lee is always good, and as Stillwater's lead singer, this role is no exception. And I can't review this film without giving a shout-out to the chronically and criminally-underrated Philip Seymour Hoffman, who steals every scene he's in with his portrayal of legendary rock journalist Lester Bangs.The writing in the film also contributes to its effect. Many of the great lines belong to McDormand but there are plenty of others to go around. In addition, the music of the era can't be beat. Everything from Simon and Garfunkle to Alvin and the Chipmunks shows up at some point in the movie's extensive musical score.The plot may not be particularly original, but it rings true. I of course am approaching this review as a music fan and someone interested in the industry. Nonetheless, I believe that even people who couldn't care less about rock music will enjoy this movie, since it's not so much about the music as it is about life. A central theme is the conflict of William: Should he remain a detached but lonely outsider so as to be an impartial journalist, or allow himself to make friends with these people and feel like he belongs? Aside from bringing up questions of journalistic ethics, this dilemma mirrors much of what people in all wakes of life deal with daily.Almost Famous is realistic, funny, touching, and one of those rare movies that makes you feel like you've gained something just for having seen it. It's too bad that they say rock and roll is dead, cause we could sure use more movies like this one!
Heart-wrenching, honest, clever; everything I like in a film (by dave-943)
I've seen a few coming-of-age films, and a few prodigy-cum-genius type films, and of course more than my share of romantic comedy stuff. This film skirts between the lines of all those possibilities and somehow manages to find its way to the viewer intact, deftly and with a whole lot of old-fashioned charisma.The acting was honest, true to how people behave without getting schmaltzy or over-dramatic. Cameron Crowe gets these actors to all project a belief in themselves and bring that across in a way that we care about what happens to them. I particularly liked the rendition of William <more>
Miller by Patrick Fugit, who steals the show as the precocious rock-n-roll journalist. He evokes visions of a young Matthew Broderick or a wide-eyed Michael J. Fox without ever getting corraled into being the "cute but troubled young kid".Frances McDormand is amazing and well-cast as Elaine the Mom, someone so wrapped up in creating a safe, healthy environment she drives both her children far away from home.Billy Crudup & Kate Hudson create the tension filled romance that drives the story along; both did a great job & were adroitly evocative of those fast times in the rock & roll fantasyland of the 70's. Billy, as Russell Hammond, teeters on the edge of fame, not wanting to leave his long-suffering bandmates behind but being courted as the band's star by the record company, is palpably torn. He carries William through the whirlwind of emotions and music along with him, showing him a world that is desperate and lonely, even with the whole world seemingly vying for his attention. His casting is also very clever, seeing as how Billy Crudup also sits on the brink of his own stardom & acclaim in real life.Lester Bangs is William's 'guru', played to perfection by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. A walking oxymoron, he exudes a callous arrogance and at the same time expresses genuine affection for the up-and-comer, sometimes giving William the exact advice he needs to get him through the toughest moments as a rock critic & dealing with the love/hate relationships they seem to engender with everyone in their world of music.I can't say enough about the awesome casting job, as well as the very detailed set design, costuming & realism to the times. Period pieces are usually difficult to do well; Mr. Crowe did this one genuine and good.A truly great film, one that I'd heartily recommend to all but the most jaded rock critics.
Crowe knows what it is love some little piece of music so much that it hurts (by SKG-2)
There's a by now well-known scene early on in ALMOST FAMOUS when William Miller is poring through the records his older sister Anita has left behind for him since she ran off from home. Inside the album cover of The Who's TOMMY, she leaves William a note, telling him to listen to this with a candle lit, and he'll be able to see his future. He puts on the record, "Sparks" comes on, and the look on his face as he listens is the look every rock fan will recognize.There's been tons of stuff written about rock-n-roll music, from those who think, like William's <more>
mother Elaine, that it's a corrupting influence or those who go even farther and consider it "the devil's music" , to those who insist the music is meaningless and to take it seriously smacks of pretension, because it's "only music." And then there are people like Cameron Crowe, who recognize rock-n-roll, and the music which came in its wake, is the shared experience of many people starting from the 1950's, in the way maybe that plays and earlier types of music were in centuries before. Sure, there's television and movies as well, but rock music is shorter and more direct. And sure, it can just be fun and a way to cut loose once in a while, but it's also something which can speak to what we love, what we long for, what we're afraid of, what we think, what wounds us inside, and so much more.Because Crowe is a fan, he's able to capture all of this in his movie. It's not just in the obvious moments, like the people on the tour bus singing along to Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," which lifts them out of their black mood, or singer Jeff Bebe leading everybody into singing "On the Cover of Rolling Stone" when he learns he and his fellow bandmates will be on the cover. It's in the wild spirit of people like Sapphire, one of the Band-Aids read: groupies who follow the band Stillwater and others as they tour the U.S., or in the more tender spirit of someone like her sister Band-Aid Penny Lane, who believes she and the other Band-Aids serve as a muse to bands like Stillwater, and who soaks in all of her experiences like a sponge. It's also in William, who tries like Crowe did to balance reporting with his very obvious love for the music. And it's especially in the line I quoted from at the top, which Sapphire says to Stillwater guitarist Russell Hammond late in the movie. To be sure, the road of rock-n-roll isn't all covered in roses. There's outrageous behavior like how Russell treats Penny, or William losing his virginity to three of the groupies , drugs, excess, and yes, pretension like when Jeff lectures Penny about the power of rock-n-roll and then adds, "And the chicks are cool, right?" But those who wanted this to be more like THIS IS SPINAL TAP are missing the point. This isn't a movie about the obvious problems and silliness in rock music. It's about what still draws people to it, and though Crowe acknowledges these people's faults, he still loves them for who they are.Of course, there's a lot more reasons why ALMOST FAMOUS is a great movie besides its love of rock-n-roll. It's well acted across the board in addition to all the performances mentioned several times, I'd like to highlight Fairuza Balk as Sapphire; not only does she get the best line in the movie along with Frances McDormand's "Don't take drugs!" and "Rock stars have kidnapped my son" with that line about music I also like what she and the other groupies yell as they're about to deflower William, "Death to Opie!" , but she also captures the carefree spirit of the time. She may not be important plot wise, but if you took her character out, the movie would be missing something , it's a terrific coming-of-age story, it's a bittersweet love story, the dialogue is great, and it looks terrific. But it's Crowe's obvious love for the music, and for the people who love it, that makes ALMOST FAMOUS the best thing I've seen so far this year.
An Excellent Original Insight Into The 70's Rock Scene... With Dazzling Performances. (by shanfloyd)
There was a time in the US rock circuit before music videos and online marketing. That was the time when several little-known bands toured all over the country... accompanied mostly by drugs and groupies. Writer-director Cameron Crowe takes us to that infamous scene of sex, drugs and rock n' roll in the 1970's with this semi-autobiographical work, which is not only equipped with his brilliant direction and screenplay, but also by decent performances by some relatively lesser-known actors.Here the introduction of a not-too-famous band, an imaginary one called Stillwater, was important. <more>
In that sense, Stillwater is a perfect work by Crowe... with a volatile relationship between the vocalist and the guitarist, with a noncompetent manager and everything that comes with. There were also the groupies, who became a matter of substance in Crowe's point of view. But the most extraordinary thing that Crowe did is the image of himself as a 15-year-old writing prodigy, rock journalist William Miller. The viewers watch the movie through Miller's eyes. The character is extremely well-designed and reserved by Crowe. Miller's the one who becomes able to attach all the parts into a complete movie alone.Billy Crudup was probably the best among the actors as guitarist Russell Hammond. It's true his role was not a tough one, but he's the one who made it look so easy. Young Kate Hudson, as Penny Lane, is perfect and very adorable. She showed her potentials in this movie which seemed even better than her mother, Goldie Hawn. All she needs are decent roles in future. The other actors, namely Jason Lee as vocalist Jeff, Frances McDormand as Williams's over-protective mother and the other band-aids with Oscar-winner Anna Paquin performed also quite well. And newcomer Patrick Fugit, as Miller himself, is really brilliant. Gaining more screen time than anyone else, it was a tough test for Fugit and it is all praises for him.The soundtrack was very good with some fine original songs. There may be some minor flaws in the movie, like some unnecessary sequences, but all over this is a quite masterful work... a feast for the mind and soul, both for a hard rock n' roll fan and for casual viewers.
William has an overprotective mother, and his sister has already been driven away by her refusal to accept her children's ambitions and interests. William finds solace in his sister's music collection and begins to dream of a life as a rock journalist. At 15 William manages to land a assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to interview an up and coming band called Stillwater, and he quickly finds himself immersed in the life his mother so desperately wanted to protect him from.And so the story begins, as William tours with the band, we are taken on a journey of mistrust, discovery, <more>
deceit and disappointment; interlaced with the hard truths about the bands lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, sex and music.Almost Famous pulls no punches, and is a deep insight into the dream that became an ambition, that became a harsh reality.Packed with top class performances all round and great music score Almost Famous delivers, and delivers with attitude and realism that is rarely captured on film.A must see for Fans of the genre, but there's certainly enough here for everyone.9/10
Great film...buy the Director's Cut DVD! (by Jockey1)
There are two things that make this film one of the best made in the last few years- characters and music. I am personally not a big fan of 70s music, but it is used very well in this film, most of my favourite scenes are made all the more memorable by the music, which includes America Simon & Garfunkel , Tiny Dancer, Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters both Elton John , River Joni Mitchell Paranoid Black Sabbath and Feel Flows The Beach Boys Most of the actors and actresses in this film give the performance of their lives, Frances McDormand being especially comical as William's <more>
mother, and many of the best moments are all hers. William himself has an endearing quality about him to the audience, and I'm surprised I haven't seen Patrick Fugit in any other films since this one. A great film, and the Directors Cut DVD is well worth the money, especially for those of you like me who had previously only watched the UK version.
Surprisingly sweet dramedy hits the mark (by Quinoa1984)
This film may have just one flaw- it aims too high. But that doesn't matter in this world. Here, we see the autobiographical tale of Cameron Crowe writer/director and co-producer of this film in his days as a young writer for Rolling Stone one story I think as seen by William Miller. He follows a rock band called Stillwater much to mom's dismay played well by Frances McDormand on a Almost Famous tour with rockers, groupies and bandaids. Real sweetness comes when the worlds of Miller and the band combine and dramedy kicks in. Quite the Crowe picture, one of his best ones, that <more>
takes a look at the days of rock when it was still cool to do drugs, have sex and be cool singing Elton John in a bus that scene was the highlight . Band members include Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and others including Fairuza Balk, Anna Paquin, and in a exceptional performance, the free spirited Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson. This film is definately in my top 25 list of the year. A-
Rock and Rol and love and friendship and dreams and family and... (by sergemelomano)
OK OK .... I must confess. I am a big rock and roll fan! i just love music, i'm a musician myself and of course i felt touched by this movie because of the achievement of success. But still besides that, it's one of those movie which makes you feel that you don't have to wait years and years to start looking for what you will love to do in this damn life. William Miller, the main character it's only 15years old and already lived more that most of us! Yeah! it's movie.... but it could also happened to you, does't matter if you like rock, if you like laws or pets... the <more>
thing is "start living your life now" and it isn't a cliché , not tomorrow but this very second and be honest with yourself. I loved it. The only thing that apart it from the 10pts was the actors work. Maybe another actors from main parts would make it more sensitive, more in touch with feelings, more touchable tears... It's about honesty, friendship, love...and of course Rock and Roll!
Very good if you view it in its proper context (by mstomaso)
Almost Famous follows the adventures of young rock journalist William Miller a character loosely based on the experiences of writer/director Cameron Crowe in the same role during the 1970s as he tries to get his first big story. He is coached by the legendary Lester Bangs, who is wonderfully played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rolling Stone has offered him a cover and is funding his tour with Stillwater. Stillwater is a proletarian hard rock band apparently based on the Allman Brothers that has just begun to make it big.What this film does brilliantly is to situate the viewer in its <more>
action. The film is shot from the perspective of a relatively clear-headed fifteen-year-old - our protagonist is too good to be true, some of his experiences are just a bit fantastic, and the love triangle between Fugit, Crudup and Hudson has magic around its edges. Yet the whole film has an almost voyeuristic truthful feel to it. Notably, this is all done with third-person perspective, so the manipulations are barely noticeable.The performances are great all-around, with Crudup, McDormand, Lee and others playing the archetypal characters of the 1970s to the hilt - rock stars, well-intentioned but somewhat oppressive moms, and groupies. Fugit and Hudson are removed from their time and context through the timelessness of the theme they share - the honest love of two good friends who respect each other too much to allow their friendship to develop into something potentially destructive. The uniquely REAL bond between these two stands in bold relief against the backdrop of unreal, delusional and pretentious relationships created by drugs, celebrity, and the road.The photographic technique is so subtle that it is difficult to make yourself aware of it. The script is more or less flawless, and the pace of the film is fine - neither too brisk nor plodding.Though autobiographical, this film doesn't fit solidly into any specific category. It's mostly a coming of age story, but has forceful elements of road movie, romantic comedy and period piece. There is also some confusion about what the film is about. Some say its about rock and roll. I disagree, but I think my disagreement stems from the fact that of all of this films elements, rock and roll is one of the one's which interest me least. Upon reflection, however, I can also say that the critique the film offers of the '1970s scene' in rock is dead-on accurate, and more truthful than many of the other films I have seen which claim to represent it The Filth and The Fury being one of the better exceptions .I guess we'll stick with the catch-all - drama. In short, this is a well-made, thoughtful and entertaining film which can be enjoyed from a number of different perspectives, even if you're not a big fan of its general themes. Recommended.