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[[caption-width-right:350: Stillwater and [[strike:friends]] followers.]]

--> '''William:''' What do you love about music?\\
'''Russell:''' To begin with... Everything.

''Almost Famous'' is a [[ComingOfAgeStory coming-of-age]] film directed by Creator/CameronCrowe released in the year 2000, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based on]] Crowe's own teenage years as a music critic.

The plot follows the experiences of AuthorAvatar William Miller, an [[NaiveNewcomer aspiring teenage rock journalist]] who gets sucked headfirst into the world of rock when he goes on tour with a band named "Stillwater". In addition to the band itself, he becomes acquainted with its groupies and gets a good look at what happens underneath the glamorous exterior that most people are presented with.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActingYourIntellectualAge: William is a ''15-year-old'' who's touring with a rock band.
--> '''Penny:''' How old are you?\\
'''William:''' Eighteen.\\
'''Penny:''' Me too! (''beat'') How old are you really?\\
'''William:''' Seventeen.\\
'''Penny:''' [[RunningGag Me too!]]\\
'''William:''' Actually I'm sixteen.\\
'''Penny:''' [[OverlyLongGag Me too!]] Isn't it funny? The truth sounds so different.\\
'''William:''' (''a little quieter'') I'm fifteen.
* {{Adorkable}}: William.
* AgeCut
* AlmightyMom
* AscendedFanboy: William in-universe.
* AuthorAvatar: William Miller = Cameron Crowe.
* AuthorAppeal: Crowe has long believed in ThePowerOfRock, and that's summed up near the end, when Sapphire is slamming the other groupies (as opposed to other Band-Aids like her):
-->'''Sapphire:''' They don't even know what it is to be a fan. Y'know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.
* ButtMonkey: William.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The film was shot in and around Ocean Beach, San Diego, [=CA=], Crowe's hometown. Much of the film is set there, but the parts that aren't were also filmed there. The San Diego Sports Arena appears both as itself and as a stand-in for several other concert venues throughout the film.
* [[ChristmasInJuly Christmas In September]]: William's mother does this so they can celebrate the holiday "without commercialism".
* CreatorCameo: That's Cameron Crowe's [[InsertCameo hand]] writing names on a notepad in the opening credits.
* CrowdSong: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer..."
* DeadAir: During a radio interview scene where the overnight DJ, [[BuffySpeak higher than a very high thing]], falls asleep and the band being interviewed realizes the air is dead. [[PrecisionFStrike Not for long, though]].
* {{Defictionalization}}: One of the Director's Cut DVD extras was a "Stillwater" CD.
* DeathbedConfession: Variant happens during the thunderstorm, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKgS24IG3HY as everyone inside the plane thinks they'll die and start this.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: This entire film is a deconstruction on the illusion of rock-star life. It seems glamorous at first, but then the fame starts getting to your head and you start doing stupid things that you would never do in the right mind. Fame leads to an illusion of invulnerability and often creates tension between band members (often brought on by record execs to force them to create a big radio hit against the will of the band member's better judgement or creative being all for the sake of profit). It just goes to show that the rock-star life is nothing more than a gilded cage.
* DiegeticSwitch: The famous "Tiny Dancer" sing-a-long is a reversed example of this. When the song starts it's clearly soundtrack music: the opening bars start before Russell gets on the bus and continue as the bus leaves Topeka and reaches Kansas farmland. Then, when the drummer starts beating time with the song, it becomes clear that the song is playing on the bus as diegetic music.
* EdgyBackwardsChairSitting: Russell Hammond does this when he finally sits down to give William an interview.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The in-universe example of Russell Hammond, who upstages the band leader without even trying. One of the incidents exposing the underlying tension within the band is when their first T-shirts prominently feature him instead of the lead singer.
* ExecutiveMeddling: A benevolent example. Crowe wanted to include a scene where William plays [[Music/LedZeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"]] for his mom. The whole song. WordOfGod says they couldn't get the rights to "Stairway" for the scene.
** Crowe's original title was, and this is true, [[NoTitle ''Untitled'']].
* {{Fanboy}}/{{Fangirl}}: Numerous, ''numerous'' in-movie examples.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded by Penny]]:
-->'''William:''' Don't you have any regular friends?\\
'''Penny:''' Famous people are just more interesting.
* FishOutOfWater: At first, William.
* [[GroupieBrigade Band-Aid Brigade]]: "IT'S BOWIE!"
* {{Homage}}: In addition to many events taken directly from real life (e.g. the scene where [[spoiler: the band's plane almost crashes]] happened while director Crowe was touring with The Who), the movies is full of homages to rock bands and albums. The scene where one of the Stillwater members is shocked by his microphone is a possible shout out to Keith Relf of the Yardbirds, who died after being electrocuted by improperly grounded music equipment. Some scenes are also framed to look like or include references to album covers, such as a shot of the crowd at the first Stillwater concert that's made to look like the cover to Neil Young's "Time Fades Away."
* IncrediblyLamePun: The band's name is Stillwater. The Rolling Stone article? "Stillwater Runs Deep".
* InsistentTerminology: The groupies are ''not'' groupies. They are, in fact, "band-aids."
* IntoxicationEnsues: "I AM A GOLDEN GOD!"
** That scene is also a [[ShoutOut shout-out]] to [[Music/LedZeppelin the original Golden God.]]
** And a GilliganCut. "How do you know when the acid has kicked in?"
* IronicEcho: "Here I am, telling secrets to the one person I shouldn't be telling them."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
-->"If you think Mick Jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken."
* LennonSpecs: Penny Lane wears these (and one of the advertising posters was a closeup of Kate Hudson wearing them).
* LostHimInACardGame: One of the band members bets their groupies.
** * sigh* It's [[InsistentTerminology Band-aid]]!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Just a few: William, Penny, Russel Hammond, Elaine, Jeff Bebe, Anita, Saphire, Dick, Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Penny Lane is a deconstruction of this -- she uses her quirky, upbeat attitude to hide her inner loneliness and hurt, something that becomes painfully apparent at the end of the movie. Unsurprisingly, it was [[Film/{{Elizabethtown}} a later Cameron Crowe film]] that inspired the TropeNamer. Crowe is awfully fond of this trope.
* MyBelovedSmother: Elaine, William's mother, though subverted to some degree: She's portrayed sympathetically.
** Cameron Crowe's mother was on the set for most of the scenes "she" was in, and participated in the DVDCommentary.
* NatureAbhorsAVirgin[=/=]ThreeWaySex: "Let's deflower the kid."
* NotOnTheList
* NothingButHits: Anita leaves William her record collection, which apparently consists entirely of well-known, critically-acclaimed rock albums that have stood the test of time and remain instantly recognizable to contemporary audiences.
** Semi-averted with the actual soundtrack to the movie, with throws in such lesser-known gems as Cat Stevens' "The Wind" and TheBeachBoys' "Feel Flows" alongside the expected classics.
* TheObiWan: Lester Bangs.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Penny Lane.
** EmbarrassingFirstName: ''"Lady Goodman?!?!?"''
* TheQuietOne: Stillwater's drummer. [[ComingOutStory His only line]] happens to be utterly hilarious.
* RealPersonCameo: Cameron Crowe's mother is handing out diplomas at the graduation ceremony that William Miller misses.
** William sees Jann Wenner in the back seat of a cab while he's chasing after Penny.
* RuleOfPool: Russell Hammond takes a high dive and everyone else at the party joins in.
* RunningGag: "I talked to your Mom, she ''freaked'' me out."
** "DON'T TAKE DRUGS!"
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Lester Bangs teaches William how to use this tactic to sucker editors.
* TheSeventies: 1973, to be exact.
* SeventiesHair: Almost everyone.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Not that William actively attempts to lose his virginity -- that's taken care of for him.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll
* SexyPackaging: You see it [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51M02ASF9KL._SL500_AA300_.jpg on]] [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qD0ltCr%2BL.jpg video]] [[http://img.blockbusteronline.com.br/produtos/item/3291/8/3291851gg.jpg first]]? Three guesses [[ShesGotLegs why]] you rented ''that'' film...
* ShoutOut: Numerous throughout the movie.
** Many real rock-and-roll personalities are actual characters in the movie, or implied to be just off-screen. Lester Bangs drops these left and right. Penny Lane is a nod to Music/TheBeatles and is also is loosely based on a real person. At one point William is trying to interview Music/BlackSabbath. On a couple of different occasions, he encounters groupies chasing after DavidBowie, [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant, or Jimmy Page]]. And Penny is sold to Humble Pie.
-->'''Russell:''' Hey, why didn't you come back to the party last night? BobDylan showed up. He was sitting at our table for what had to be an hour or something, right, Dick?\\
'''Dick:''' Yeah.\\
'''Russell:''' Just rapping. Bob Dylan at our fucking table.
** "Stillwater" is possibly a play on CreedenceClearwaterRevival, and maybe Crosby, Stills & Nash.
** WordOfGod on the dvd commentary says the brief shot of a man and a woman playing guitar and singing in a hotel room are Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
** And in the same hotel, he is told to "Blow me!" by comedian Leonard Barr (the real Leonard Barr played Shady Tree in Diamonds are Forever).
** Jason Lee looks like a doppelganger of Free-era Paul Rodgers.
* SoundtrackDissonance: {{Stevie Wonder}}'s dreamily romantic "My Cherie Amour" plays as William watches Penny get her stomach pumped following her overdose on pills.
* StarMakingRole: Kate Hudson.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Played for a laugh. "A Mo-Jo, it's a very high-tech machine that transmits pages over the telephone! It only takes eighteen minutes a page!"
* ThrowItIn: "Do you want to go to Morocco?" "Yes. [beat] Ask me again." This was not scripted, but in fact was Patrick Fugit asking Kate Hudson to do another take of the exchange.
* TitleDrop: Sign on the front of the Stillwater tour bus.
* WatchOutForThatTree: Sapphire, while running alongside Stillwater's tour bus to give William a message, runs straight into a wall. Thankfully averted near the end of the movie where William runs along with Penny's plane as it takes off.
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