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

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

Set in TheSeventies, the film follows the experiences of AuthorAvatar William Miller (Patrick Fugit), 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.

Creator/KateHudson and Creator/BillyCrudup star as, respectively, head groupie Penny Lane and her lover Russell, the lead guitarist for Stillwater. Creator/JasonLee plays Jeff Beebe, Stillwater's lead singer. Creator/AnnaPaquin plays Polexia, another groupie. Creator/FrancesMcDormand and Creator/ZooeyDeschanel play William's mother and sister. Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman has a small but meaty part as RealLife rock journalist Lester Bangs.

!!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 we 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: From William as an 11-year-old to William as a 15-year-old post-pubescent aspiring rock journalist.
* AlmightyMom: William's mom takes no shit from anybody.
* 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.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Inverted. Cameron Crowe in real life becomes William Miller in the movie.
* BareYourMidriff: Penny and Sapphire are dressed this way throughout the movie.
* [[ChristmasInJuly Christmas In September]]: William's mother does this so they can celebrate the holiday "without commercialism".
* CorruptTheCutie: In the director's cut, there is an early scene of Polexia circling William at a party like a shark as she talks about the mechanics of seduction. She ends up taking William's virginity later on.
* CreatorCameo: That's Cameron Crowe's [[InsertCameo hand]] writing names on a notepad in the opening credits.
* CrowdSong: A very famous example as the whole crowd on the bus sings "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]].
* {{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.
* {{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, off on adventure with Stillwater.
* GroupieBrigade: "IT'S [[Music/DavidBowie BOWIE!]]" Cue horde of groupies chasing after 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 Music/NeilYoung's "Time Fades Away."
* IncrediblyLamePun: The band's name is Stillwater. The Magazine/RollingStone 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."
* TheIshmael: The movie is told from the viewpoint of William, but the core of the story is the discoveries he has about the band and their [[strike:Groupies]] Band Aids. The real character journeys are Russell and Penny as they deal with their place in the band and rising stardom.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
-->"If you think Music/MickJagger 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, Russell Hammond, Elaine, Jeff Bebe, Anita, Sapphire, Dick, Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres.
* LoveMartyr: Penny is prepared to devote her life to Russell, even though he's married; [[spoiler:he uses her as a stake in a card game, and doesn't shed a single tear for her when he loses the game and has to give her up.]] As she is [[spoiler:overdosing on quaaludes after Russell rejects her]], she asks William "Why doesn't he love me?"
* 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." Multiple Band-Aids then group together to deflower William in a scene that ends with a SexyDiscretionShot.
* NotOnTheList: William can't get backstage at a show until Stillwater gets him in.
* 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 Music/TheBeachBoys' "Feel Flows" alongside the expected classics.
* NotSoFinalConfession: The scene where a plane apparently is about to crash during a thunderstorm, and passengers thinking they'll die [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKgS24IG3HY start this]].
* OhCrap: One of the Stillwater band members mentions to William how they had a fun tour. "Hey, we did everything but get you laid." Notices the smile on William's face and has this look as he realizes one of the, ahem, "band aids" did that already.
** In the director's cut, this is William's reaction to realizing just how many of the Band-Aids made use of him.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Penny Lane keeps her real name a secret, because it is...
** EmbarrassingFirstName: ''"Lady Goodman?!?!?"''
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Jeff, the lead singer, is this with respect to Russell, and he's not happy about it. At all.
* TheQuietOne: Stillwater's drummer. [[ComingOutStory His only line]] happens to be utterly hilarious.
** In the director's cut, the band manager claims that Silent Ed is the favorite member of ''true'' Stillwater fans.
* 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.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: William gives an epic one to the band for their treatment of Penny. All while the plane they were on was hitting turbulence.
--> '''William:''' "That groupie"? She was a Band-Aid! All she did was love your band. And you used her, all of you! You used her and threw her away! She almost died last night while you were with Music/BobDylan. You guys, you're always talking about the fans, the fans, the fans; she was your biggest fan, and you threw her away! And if you can't see that, that's your biggest problem. And I love her! I love her!
* RuleOfPool: Russell Hammond takes a high dive and everyone else at the party joins in.
* RunningGag: Multiple people tell William that "I talked to your Mom, she ''freaked'' me out."
** "DON'T TAKE DRUGS!" A regular warning from William's mom.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Lester Bangs teaches William how to use this tactic to sucker editors.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Not that William actively attempts to lose his virginity -- that's taken care of for him.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Somewhat soft-pedaled as Stillwater doesn't get ''that'' drug-addled...but Russell does have rather unfortunate LSD experience and Penny OD's on tranquilizers near the end.
* 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 Music/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? Music/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 Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival, and maybe Crosby, Stills & Nash.
** On the DVD commentary, Crowe 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.
** When Russell, stoned out of his mind, shouts "I'm a golden god!", it's a reference to a classic photograph of Robert Plant on the balcony of the then-Continental Hyatt House; Plant had just shouted the same phrase, and in the photo he does indeed look like one.[[note]]The difference was that Plant wasn't actually stoned at the time, just stoked by a massive ''Physical Graffiti'' billboard ad he'd seen on Sunset Boulevard that can be seen in other photos taken at the time.[[/note]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: Music/{{Stevie Wonder}}'s dreamily romantic "My Cherie Amour" plays as William watches Penny get her stomach pumped following her overdose on pills.
* TitleDrop: Sign on the front of the Stillwater tour bus.
* VagueAge: It's never stated just how old Penny is supposed to be. She claims to be as young as William in one scene, though it's PlayedForLaughs.
* 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.
* WaxingLyrical: Vic, a hardcore Music/LedZeppelin fan, wears a T-shirt with "[[Music/HousesOfTheHoly Have you seen the bridge?]]" written on it.
** When Sapphire first appears, she yells out, "Does anybody remember laughter?", which was a lyric Robert Plant used to include in live performances of "Stairway to Heaven".