(out of 5)
Cameron Crowe pays a 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) who writes for Rolling Stone magazine and is doing a cover story on the (fictional) rock band Stillwater, but gets more in life lessons than journalism when he befriends its star member (Billy Crudup). 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 is superb as his domineering mother in what is Crowe’s best film to date.
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