20 January, 2021

Almost Famous

Almost Famous
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee
Director: Cameron Crowe
Rating: ***

Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning Almost Famous does a double—it tells the 'coming of age' tale of a 15-year-old rock fan's slow rise to near fame and maturity. But it also presents an ode to the '70s rock and roll scene—the time of transition when the 'war was ending' and the genre was losing its hard-boiled edge.

The movie is Cameron's semi-autobiography, which allows him to come up with some funny sequences. William Miller (Patrick Fugit), a rock fan and writer, is on an assignment from the Rolling Stone magazine to write on the Stillwater, an up and coming (fictionalised for the movie) band of that period. Miller has hidden his age from the magazine's editors; he is also trying to get away from a sensitive but slightly goosey college teacher mother (played by Francis Mcdormand), who wants him to pursue a career in law. The two worlds collide in a classic mix-up when Russell Hammond...



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