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Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist -- he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school -- 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 ...

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huskymom

Jan 5, 2009

We were there, and we do remember

Some people say that if you remember the '60s, you weren't there; that if you were there you surely blew your mind on so many drugs that you couldn't possibly remember it, but many of us innocents came with open arms to embrace mainly the music. We do remember and for us at least, "Almost Famous" recaptures the joy, innocence and freedom of those years. The cast was awesome, particularly Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Every time McDormand's character told her son "Don't do drugs," I got a smile on my face. The music (Elton John et al), story line and editing were terrific. And, oh yes, the happy ending was the icing on the cake! Parents of the '60s, watch this with your kids and grandkids.

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