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June 19, 2019 @ 8:15 pm
Writer and director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as a teenage rock journalist for Rolling Stone inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey Deschanel) and William (Patrick Fugit). William’s album reviews for a local underground newspaper attracts the attention of renegade rock magazine editor, Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who takes William under his wing and gives him his first professional writing assignment. Eventually, Williams joins Stillwater on tour, where he becomes friendly with guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee). William also becomes enamored of Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a groupie traveling with the band. Almost Famous’ original score was composed by Nancy Wilson of Heart. Rated R