Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee and
by: Cameron Crowe
know that feeling...argggh.
are the performances, in Almost Famous, the film didn't
need the amazing script and groovy soundtrack-but you got
Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire fame) didn't get his original
actor choices for two main players. He got, instead Kate Hudson
and Patrick Fugit. Makes you sit back with the geriatric pot
bellied pig in your back yard, and rethink the whole mystical
kismet karma thingy. I mean to say, I can't think of a cast
who could have pulled this off as well.
goes...a semi-dweeb, William Miller (Patrick "fugit just"
Fugit) has a secret hobby. Writing for the once lava lamp
hot rock mag Rolling Stone. It's the 1970's -don't
get scared the film's really awesome - and Billy Boy has just
been asked by RS to travel about with up and comer
rock and rollers, Stillwater. He's there as a public liaison,
to get the scoop on their tour, and report the "happenings".
Stillwater is a generic 70's rock band with all the usual;
sexy hairy guys, loud music and groupies...mostly of the under
age chicks variety, hoping to hang with/on the band. This
was pre-Aids and everyone was just having fun- not that
I know- I assume- I was a mere baby in those distant days
of Thai stick doobies, mescaline chased with 151 rum and frosty
colas...Besides you can't prove anything can you....
Enter Penny Lane (Kate "It's in the genes" Hudson).
Penny and Billy become friends. The two learn some lessons
in life and we go along for the ride.
in the band, Russell Hammond ( Billy "really need to
change my name" Crudup) is perfectly egotistical and
jaded. He's quite sure when he does poop it's golden and has
a flowery scent, unlike the rest of us peasants. I've met
him in one form or another about 100 times- how 'bout you?
proves Hollywood pedigrees can sometimes
act too. Daughter of uberperky Goldie Hawn.. Kate will have
you riveted to the screen. She's just luminescent.
Patrick Fugit looks like every kid in my neighborhood circa
79-83. In fact I'm sure we smoked a bowl in the back smoking
area...er...I mean, cigarette kiddies. A natural.
It will be nice to watch him in the next few years.
forgot to mention, Frances McDormand (Fargo- Blood Simple
etc.) is just wonderful as super cool mom to Billy. Maybe
she'll get a nod next spring at the Academy Awards gig.
a while, characters, plot, direction and soundtrack come together
to create an almost perfect film. Cameron Crowe has
done this twice...Enjoy!
Snack Recommendation: Nothing! We have to fit into
our skin tight black leather pants for the Black and Blue
concert next month! (Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult).