Inspired by true events, in 1973 a precocious 15-year old boy gets a writing gig from Rolling Stone magazine that sends him on a wild cross-country bus Odyssey with a struggling rock band.

    (33 words)

    Almost Famous
    (2000)

    Singularity Posted on October 30, 2019 in Coming of Age,   Examples.

    This movie was scripted and directed by Cameron Crowe who actually did get a writing gig from Rolling Stone magazine at the ripe old age of 15. Those where the days. The movie rings with authenticity because so much of it a fictionalized gloss of real wild and crazy people and real wild and crazy events. IMHO: this is a must-view, definitive film of that golden era of great music and wretched excess. And try to get the “Bootleg Cut” version, the director’s cut and commentary. Cameron regales viewers with the true life backstory episodes that inspired the semi-fictionalized movie scenes.

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      “When he’s assigned to write an article on an up-and-coming rock band, a precocious 15-year-old has until the end of the tour to somehow convince the reclusive band leader to do an interview.”

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        Richiev:

        Your version also comes in  at 33 words and is a perceptive description of the steak, how Cameron Crowe framed the plot. I chose to post a promotional version that sells the sizzle.

        (I would quibble about the choice of one word; instead of describing the lead singer as reclusive, I would say he’s elusive.  He likes the kid but is wary of interviews because like the other band members, the press is the “enemy”, not to be trusted, not to be confided to.)

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          Great film and good choice. Could also be interesting to prioritise the love interest as the ‘A’ plot:

          After landing a writing assignment, a 15 year old aspiring writer falls in love with a roady following the band he was tasked to cover and must woo her away from the clutches of the lead singer.

          Singularity Answered on October 31, 2019.
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