• Publication date: May 26, 2009

First Experience There Are Always Bittersweet Life Lessons Beneath Glittery Life

In his first experience to confront life, love and lingo, William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is a 15 year old journalist, hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with, and write about an up-and-coming rock band called Stillwater.
Though Miller's mentor, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), cautions him not to befriend the musicians, Miller takes it a step further and befriends both the band and the Band-Aids--the girls who hang around with the band because they love the music.

In his first experience to confront life, love and lingo, William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is a 15 year old journalist, hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with, and write about an up-and-coming rock band called Stillwater.

Though Miller's mentor, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), cautions him not to befriend the musicians, Miller takes it a step further and befriends both the band and the Band-Aids--the girls who hang around with the band because they love the music.

Miller goes for a wild ride around the country, to thrilling concerts and debauched backyard parties, living the life many of his age dream about.

However, he discovers that beneath the glittery life of rock stardom are sometimes bittersweet life lessons and mild doses of heartbreak.

Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, ALMOST FAMOUS is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe himself was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone magazine. In one of his articles, he talks about how he lost his virginity, fell in love, and met his heroes, experiences that are shared by William, the main character in the film.

The cast was well chosen, including Billy Crudup as Russell Hammond, Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller, Kate Hudson as Penny Lane, Jason Lee as Jeff Bebe, Zooey Deschanel as Anita Miller and Michael Angarano as Young William Miller.

�Almost Famous� received four Oscar nominations, one of which led to an award to Crowe for his screenplay. It was also awarded the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

The movie was released on September 13, 2000, gaining gross revenue of $47,383,689. It runs for 122 minutes.