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ALMOST FAMOUS
June 2, 2015  | By David Bianculli

Sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

Cameron Crowe’s new movie, Aloha, hasn’t exactly charmed critics beyond belief, though the writer-director maintains a vast reservoir of good will. Much of that good will is because of this 2000 autobiographical romantic comedy, about a precocious young teen who gets an assignment from Rolling Stone to follow a rock band on the road. Patrick Fugit plays Crowe’s alter ego, Will, with Kate Hudson as the object of his intended affection. Frances McDormand, as Russell’s protective mom, is terrific, and Zooey Deschanel, as his older sister, is very good, too. On the rock scene, Hudson’s fellow groupies are played, like hippie sirens, by Anna Paquin and Fairuza Balk, and seminal rock critic Lester Bangs is played, perfectly, by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

 
 
 
 
 
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