Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2000. Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, Vinyl Films. Screenplay by Cameron Crowe. Cinematography by John Toll. Produced by Ian Bryce, Cameron Crowe. Music by Nancy Wilson. Production Design by Clay A. Griffith, Clayton Hartley, Virginia L. Randolph. Costume Design by Betsy Heimann. Film Editing by Joe Hutshing, Saar Klein. Academy Awards 2000. American Film Institute Awards 2000. Boston Film Critics Awards 2000. Golden Globe Awards 2000. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2000. New York Film Critics Awards 2000. Online Film Critics Awards 2000. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
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.