Cinema: As The Crowe* Flies

In his groovy new movie, writer-director *CAMERON CROWE creates a love song to '70s rock and his own past

This isn't easy to say: Cameron Crowe's new movie, Almost Famous, is based on his own unique adolescence. Arrrrrrrrgh! you may be thinking. Here comes Crowe, another privileged male boomer, turning his teen years into a movie. How about a ticket to a sharp jab in the eye instead?

Settle down. First of all, Crowe's movies tend to be quite entertaining. He wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and served as writer-director on Say Anything...(1989), Singles (1992) and Jerry Maguire (1996). Also, Crowe's adolescence truly was unique. Before his 16th birthday, he had hit the road, covering 1970s rock...

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