Rating: NNNNNALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe, 2000) isn't the movie Jerry Maguire was, but it didn't deserve to tank like it.
ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe, 2000) isn’t the movie Jerry Maguire was, but it didn’t deserve to tank like it did this fall. Crowe’s follow-up to Maguire went back to his own early years, telling the story of a teenager who scores a gig writing for Rolling Stone, and the tour that saw his long, debauched loss of rock-and-roll innocence. Crowe has a talent for teen-boy sensitivity he wrote Fast Times At Ridgemont High. He’s fascinated by the to and fro of female sacrifice, and is the only working director who can make straight-ahead rock tracks weep onscreen. But Almost Famous is a movie of great supporting performances — Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Billy Crudup — buzzing around a centre that’s too normal for these times. (December 22-23, Kingsway December 26-27, Revue) NNN