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Almost Famous
Reviewed by: Neil Kipling

Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand
Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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Highly recommended - 5 Beans Out of 5

I can think of a hundred reasons why Almost Famous should be on everyone's top ten movies of 2000 list, but the one I always come back to has nothing to do with acting talent or technical merit. It's just a simple feeling, and it's a good one.

Director Cameron Crowe doesn't seem capable of making a bad movie (and if you don't believe me, just check out his other films: Say Anything, Singles, Jerry McGuire and also the screenplay credits for Fast Times at Ridgemont High), however he does seem highly capable of using a potent combination of heartfelt story and great acting to make you feel real good. The characters in Almost Famous seem like extensions of Crowe's movie persona (as cliché as that sounds) and you see him wave these emotional limbs about with reckless abandon. It's a coming-of-age movie, fictional rock-umentary, and poignant drama. Almost Famous captures the whole picture of life on the road with "the band": the highs, the lows and everything in between.

Patrick Fugit, in his screen debut, plays William Miller, the overly-naïve young man through whose impressionable eyes we see the film. William is living out his dream of touring and writing for the Rolling Stone magazine at the tender age of fifteen. The rest of the ensemble cast is perfectly put together. Billy Crudup puts in a great performance as the band's troubled leader and Kate Hudson charms as Penny Lane, the resident groupie. Top that off with Frances McDormand as the sickeningly protective mother. A film everyone should see, especially if you're in one of those feel good moods.

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