Almost Famous

Movie Reviews | Sep 22nd, 2000

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Starring Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Jimmy Fallon looking like John Hughes, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor
Written By: Cameron Crowe
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

I heard such great things about this movie and it did live up to it’s expectations.

I never saw Jerry Macguire (Crowe’s movie before this) but this movie rocked! It was funny, it was touching, and had a great cast and soundtrack. Cameron Crowe wrote this movie based on his life, which he used to be a music journalist. So some parts of this movie are true. The band is fictional I believe, but some of the characters were real like Lester Bangs, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Oh yeah, Kate Hudson (Goldie Hawn’s daughter) is a cutie. The story is about a young bright kid named William who is a good journalist and ends up writing stories and columns about music. First meets his mentor Lester Bangs, and starts to do assignments for him. Then Rolling Stones call and want him to do a piece on something.

William meets the band Stillwater at his first assignment for Lester and they get him into the show. He was supposed to go and interview Black Sabbath, but he wasn’t on the guestlist, gee that hasn’t happened to me at all??? So Stillwater let him in and he interview them instead. It was cute to see how attached his mother was too him and it kind of reminds me of my mom when I first starting to go to shows. Williams goes on tour with Stillwater and gets to know the main guitarist, Russell.

While he’s on tour, he also gets to know “Penne Lane” played by Kate Hudson. She the main “Band-Aid,” which is bigger than a groupie but they help the musicians get inspirations for their songs and yadda yadda. I sort of relate to this movie because I’m a some what music critic, and I had situations like this happen to me in some shape or form. The movie also showed that bands are real people too and don’t always like to be considered rock stars. I think any music fan should see this movie because I think it’s one of the best of the year.

Favorite Scenes: There was a couple of really funny scenes, involving the Williams’ Mother and a funny jet scene.
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 122 minutes
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