Production company: Columbia Pictures
Starring: Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
William Miller (Fugit) grew up with a love of rock and roll music in the late 70's that spurred him on to dreaming of becoming a rock music journalist. And with the help of one of his favorite writers (Hoffman), Williams lands an assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine that gives him the chance to tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater on their "Almost Famous" Tour! William makes new friends, practices his skills as a writer, and gets the chance to experience life out from under the wing of his overprotective mother (McDormand).
Here we have another perfect example of a movie where I was expecting a completely different plot than the one I actually got, and I'm not complaining at all! I was expecting Almost Famous to be something similar to Rock of Ages where our lead characters were trying to sing their way to fame and fortune and get discovered in some dingy 70's club...and instead I get met with a precious coming-of-age movie where the characters tug at your heart and the whole movie is literally all about the music. I hate to sound cheesy sometimes, but this Almost Famous was pretty groovy.
Hudson and Fugit were so dreamy together!! Loved
Feeling like The Doors meets Crossroads, Almost Famous was such a fun movie that definitely glorified all the fun, crazy, hard-to-believe lifestyles of those who lived for the rock and roll scene in the 70's! All the characters were tons of fun, and of course I have a hard time hating on anything that Patrick Fugit stars in (see previous posts on Saved and Wristcutters: A Love Story). The story is also adorable, who wouldn't love watching a 17 year old kid who's lived a sheltered life go out and experience freedom with the kindest, rowdiest crowd out there? It makes for a real blast! Only downside? This movie did feel really long at times, bit of a bummer. But if you really dig these types of movies then 2 hours is nothing!
Almost Famous gets a 4 OF 5 must own for those who love 70's wild-child, rock and roller type movies. This was such a fun, sweet, silly watch that I highly recommend checking out at least once!