(out of 5)
Cameron Crowe does a great job with this wonderful tribute to rock-and-roll of the seventies with an ensemble cast that ranges from terrific (Fairuza Balk really stands out) to terrible (Anna Paquin really stands out). The story follows a young teenage reporter (Patrick Fugit) for Rolling Stone magazine who is writing a cover story on the (fictional) rock band Stillwater. In becoming friends with its star member (Billy Crudup), he gets a lot more in life lessons than in journalism. Kate Hudson stars as one of the female groupies (calling themselves “Band-Aids”) who follow the group from city to city but refuse to have anything too personal to do with them (or so they say). Fugit is excellent in the lead role, and Frances McDormand rules the day as his domineering mother in Crowe’s best film to date.
Directed by Cameron Crowe
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