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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.



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William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. Written by Filmtwob <>

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Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don't fall for it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Something Real  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,314,646 (USA) (15 September 2000)


$32,522,352 (USA) (23 March 2001)

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Did You Know?


References to The Allman Brothers Band:
  • A ticket stub from an Allman Brothers concert is briefly visible in the opening scene,

  • A black-and-white photo of the fictional band Stillwater echoes the Allman Brothers' famous "Live at the Fillmore East" album cover

  • The character Red Dog is named after one of the Allman Brothers' famous roadies, Joseph L. Campbell (aka The Legendary Red Dog)

  • Allman Brothers' music plays on the tour bus

  • At the end of the movie, when Russell is in William's bedroom, he stands in front of a poster of the Allman Brothers' "Live at the Fillmore East" album cover.

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When William returns home near the end of the film, he goes into his bedroom and starts to flop down on his bed, with his backpack is on his back. It the next shot, the backpack is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Elaine Miller: I can't believe you wanna be Atticus Finch. Oh, that makes me feel so good.
Young William: I like him.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, one can hear a record changer playing the outgoing groove of a record, the needle lifting, and the player shutting off. See more »


Referenced in The O.C.: The Third Wheel (2004) See more »


Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Courtesy of MCA Records & Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Surprisingly sweet dramedy hits the mark
18 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film may have just one flaw- it aims too high. But that doesn't matter in this world. Here, we see the autobiographical tale of Cameron Crowe (writer/director and co-producer of this film) in his days as a young writer for Rolling Stone (one story I think) as seen by William Miller. He follows a rock band called Stillwater (much to mom's dismay played well by Frances McDormand) on a Almost Famous tour with rockers, groupies and bandaids. Real sweetness comes when the worlds of Miller and the band combine and dramedy kicks in. Quite the Crowe picture, one of his best ones, that takes a look at the days of rock when it was still cool to do drugs, have sex and be cool singing Elton John in a bus (that scene was the highlight). Band members include Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and others including Fairuza Balk, Anna Paquin, and in a exceptional performance, the free spirited Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson. This film is definately in my top 25 list of the year. A-

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