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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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| (director's cut) | (DVD extended cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marc Maron has a bit part in this movie where he yells the line "Lock the gates!" A sound clip he uses to open his WTF podcast. See more »


In the Untitled version, when William and Lester Bangs are alone on the San Diego corner, just after Lester refers to "his many fans", a 1990s Obey Giant (aka "Andre Has a Posse") poster is on the traffic box on the left. 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

Photographs of Stillwater, William, and the Band-Aids are shown during the final credits. See more »


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


I've Seen All Good People
Written by Jon Anderson
Performed by Yes
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great the Director's Cut DVD!
26 December 2003 | by (Wigan, England) – See all my reviews

There are two things that make this film one of the best made in the last few years- characters and music. I am personally not a big fan of 70s music, but it is used very well in this film, most of my favourite scenes are made all the more memorable by the music, which includes America (Simon & Garfunkel), Tiny Dancer, Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters (both Elton John), River (Joni Mitchell) Paranoid (Black Sabbath) and Feel Flows (The Beach Boys) Most of the actors and actresses in this film give the performance of their lives, Frances McDormand being especially comical as William's mother, and many of the best moments are all hers. William himself has an endearing quality about him to the audience, and I'm surprised I haven't seen Patrick Fugit in any other films since this one. A great film, and the Directors Cut DVD is well worth the money, especially for those of you (like me) who had previously only watched the UK version.

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