Review Date: September 16, 2000
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Producers: Cameron Crowe, Ian Bryce
And with a solid script as its base, this film takes off to another level with the excellent performances shot forth by its lead actors. Billy Crudup has been tooling around Hollywood for some time now, but this film will undoubtedly catapult him off the charts. I hope that this film does to him, what GLADIATOR (8/10) did to Russell Crowe. And where the heck did Kate Hudson come from? Brought into this world by actress Goldie Hawn, known primarily for her pranky roles in easy comedies, Hudson takes on this lead role with the edge of a pro, and the charisma of a newfound sensation. Two more nominations for awards should be reserved for these two well-deserved thespians at the year-end ceremonies. And tag those great roles on to several other smaller showings, including Frances McDormand, perfect as the over-protective mom, who can't help but look out for her children, Jason Lee, coming into his own as the pseudo-Jim Morrison like lead singer, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who remarkably cannot seem to pick any bad roles in movies, and you've got yourself an all-around rock-solid cast. This film puts rock 'n roll on a pedestal but that's not all it does. It's really a journey about finding yourself. Characters all floating around their lives, unsure of who they are or what they stand for, until their day-to-day interactions eventually help them find their true selves. See it for the music, if you like. See it for the great performances or see it simply because of its greater entertainment value, but the bottom line is that this movie is one of the best films of the year, and no matter why you think you want to see it, just see it, dammit! Who knows, maybe it'll help you "find yourself", too.