Almost Famous

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Its 1973 and 15-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit), rock and roll fan and aspiring journalist, is about to embark on a life-changing adventure. Assigned to cover a fledgling rock band for his San Diego high school newspaper, William is swept into the bands inner circle by 16-year-old Penny Lane (Kate Hudson). She and her friends follow bands on tour, earning the name band-aids. Penny introduces William to lead singer and guitarist, Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup). Thinking William is 18 because hes a senior, Russell sees this gawky, innocent reporter as a chance for some badly needed, glowing reviews. He invites William to travel with them on their bus, Almost Famous 73. Williams over-protective mom, Elaine (Frances McDormand), finally gives him permission, as long as he misses no more than one test at school. Three months later William comes home, disillusioned, wiser and almost famous. Baby boomers and teenagers will relate to this funny, poignant story of learning to let go, surviving first love and realizing the 70s werent so different after all.

William loves his mom, but is embarrassed by her daily phone calls reminding him not to do drugs and alcohol. However, drugs, alcohol and sexual acts are every-day occurrences for the musicians and their traveling companions. William is shielded like a younger brother, but when the band-aids decide William is ready to be initiated, scantily clad girls strip him down to his underwear. The next scene shows the once-innocent William sleeping beside one of the girls. Although married, Russell has an affair with Penny, but during a poker game, Penny is given to another player for $50 and a case of beer. Heartbroken, Penny mixes drugs with liquor and almost dies. William realizes that his heroes merely use their faithful followers. Can his article be honest and unmerciful as he has been taught, or must he honor his promise to write a glowing report? ALMOST FAMOUS does not glamorize the musicians immoral lifestyle and Williams genuine caring, honesty and innocence ultimately impacts their lives. Once again, a well-written script misses the mark with gratuitous obscenities, unneeded nudity and promiscuous behavior.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Many (33) times - F-word 23, s-word 5, other 2, finger gesture 3

Profanity: Few (4) times Regular 1 (G), Exclamatory 3

Violence: Few times Moderate (girl runs into truck, musician shocked by microphone)

Sex: None; Implied several times (boy sleeping with girl; unmarried couple share hotel rooms)

Nudity: Once (girl dances bare-breasted); Near nudity - Several times (girls/boy in underwear, sheer blouses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (reference to unconventional sex, girl group undresses teenage boy - all in underwear; girls available for band members, girl traded in card game)

Drugs: Many times (drugs, heavy drinking; girl almost dies mixing pills and liquor)

Other: Musicians immoral lifestyle portrayed, band takes advantage of female fans; teenager has to choose between honesty and promise to please; man asks for forgiveness

Running Time: 120 minutes (es
Intended Audience: Adults and older teens

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