Almost Famous movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Most definitely! This coming-of-age comedy-drama has plenty of rock ‘n’ roll, but also very welly depicts the 70s. There’s drugs, language and sex, but Almost Famous is an excellent movie that gets better each time you rewatch it.


A high school boy in the early 70s accompanies Stillwater, a rock band on their tour in order to write an article about them for the Rolling Stone magazine.

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Movie details

Director: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Release Date (Australia): 22 February 2001
Runtime: 122 minutes/2h 2m
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film features substance abuse and a near-fatal overdose, as well as a perilous situation including a plane going through turbulence.

Violence (PG)

The film features violence in the form of fist-fights.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the words “s**t” and “f**k”.

Drug Use (M)

The film features moderate verbal drug references, a near-fatal overdose on Quaaludes and depictions of people taking LSD and using a bong.

Nudity (M)

There is a very brief depiction of a woman’s partial breasts.

Sex (M)

The film features several crude sexual references and implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

R (for language, drug content and brief nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Almost Famous is classy coming-of-age, rock ‘n’ roll, drugs and losing virginity, but it accurately portrays and feels like the 70s. This almost-faultless music comedy-drama has just what a coming-of-age fan would want to see, Stillwater is as rock ‘n’ role as any other rock band, and Crudup and Fugit manage to feel completely true to their characters’ attributes. But it’s not too much of a special film; it’s looked at too glamorously.

Almost Famous is simply about a high school boy who accompanies a band during their tour to write an article for the Rolling Stone magazine. The film was released in 2000, making its oldish quality quite reasonable, but that’s one of the reasons why this movie feels like it takes you back to the 70s. Apart from the filming, it’s also depicted very lifelike to the time.

The entire cast feels true to their personalities in the film; with an undervalued Patrick Fugit feeling exactly like a real 15-year-old rock journalist, Billy Crudup really coming across as a soul of the band, and Frances McDormand acting very realistically as a mother who just can’t let go of her kids. Anyone will appeal to this 70s story even if they weren’t in the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll era.

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