In the 1970s, a high school student is given an opportunity to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about a rock band he goes on tour with. A film about growing up, first love, disappointment, and the life of a rock star.
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I love this film; always have, always will. It encapsulates the precocious fanboy naïvety of a suburban teen sheltered by a conservative upbringing who pines to integrate oneself in punk culture. The fact that it's Crowe's semi-autobiographical tale adds rather than detracts - perceptive and intuitive at articulating 70s subculture, the frailties and vulnerabilities of the era's would-be stars and their followers...
Charming and nostaligic in the best way possible. The film never seems cheesy, but rather imbued with a sense of youthful ambition non yet sullied by adult disappointments. The cast is exceptional too.
Almost tempted to take off a star for the gimmicky use of music (Cameron Crowe said that he actually starts writing a film around a song he likes) but it all works so well, and the cast is fabulous: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Frances McDormand, even Kate Hudson, more than almost. For me, a trip down memory lane...
just finished director's cut version. excellent movie about the rock era. turbulence scene is classic. in addition, i've always liked Rain Song and they used the song in the movie. i gave a bonus for that.
Maybe well-intentioned but unpleasant and too manipulative. I really don't get all the fuzz about this flick: it's a pure hollywoodish cliched fell good/nostalgia movie with a seductive soundtrack. Nothing is convincing. As a coming-of-age film, Linklater's Dazed and Confused is way more real and honest than this.
I'll go against the grain, and declare how much I dislike this film. Just entirely too smug, too cliched and too many moments of sugary sweetness. The 'Tiny Dancer' sing along made me roll my eyes so hard, I almost fell off the couch.
“It’s all happening.”
Watching Crowe’s film, you really feel a vibe that just doesn’t exist in modern music. That feeling is created with both painstaking attention to detail and the effortless love of true Rock & Roll.