James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
ALMOST FAMOUS (15)
D: Cameron Crowe
Dreamworks/Vinyl (Cameron Crowe & Ian Bryce)
USA 🇺🇸 2000
W: Cameron Crowe
DP: John Toll
Ed: Joe Hutsching & Saar Klein
Mus: Nancy Wilson; Peter Frampton (uncredited)
PD: Clay A. Griffith
Cos: Betsy Heimann
Billy Crudup (Russell Hammond), Frances McDormand (Elaine Miller), Kate Hudson (Penny Lane), Jason Lee (Jeff Bebe), Patrick Fugit (William Miller), Anna Paquin (Polexia Aphrodisia), Fairuza Balk (Sapphire), Noah Taylor (Dick Roswell), Zooey Deschanel (Anita Miller), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Lester Bangs)
A music-obsessed high school student lies about his age to write an article about a band for a local press release, his work is noticed by Rolling Stone magazine who hire him to follow a rock band on their tour, but he enjoys the experience too much to write a warts & all review of the feuding group, whilst they're reluctant for him to see them behind the scenes and paint them in a negative light with their upcoming album due to be released.
Director/screenwriter Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical account of his own youth boasts some great characters, fantastic one-liners and a top-notch cast, particularly Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson, who steals the show as 'Band Aid' Penny Lane.
Worth watching for the soundtrack alone, full of classic tracks from the seventies and a few original songs, penned by an uncredited Peter Frampton. The fictional band Stillwater at the sole focus of the film are so convincing, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they were a real one (Cameron Crowe based them on the characteristics of members from several real life bands, including Led Zeppelin & Guess Who)