In the early 1970s, teenage writer William Miller gets a plum assignment from a Rolling Stone editor to write about the band Stillwater on a cross-country tour. Along the way, he learns about friendship and love with help from Penny Lane.
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- Cameron Crowe
- This movie is
- DVD and streaming
- 2001 BAFTA®
- 2001 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; cast/crew biographies; theatrical trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that a teen girl attempts suicide. Some moderate expletives, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," and "p---y." These rock musicians on the road in the 1970s engage in all the bad behavior you might expect -- drinking, casual sex, drugs -- but the behavior is never glorified and is shown to be self-destructive. The lead character loses his virginity to a trio of bored girls. Brief partial nudity (bare breasts). A few arguments lead to mild brawls among friends.
- Sexual Content
- The lead character loses his virginity to a trio of bored girls. The free-sex lives of musicians on the road is an issue that's shown to lead to emotional stress. Brief partial nudity (bare breasts).
- A few arguments lead to mild brawls among friends. A flight becomes so turbulent that all the passengers fear they're going to die.
- Frequent strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.
- Social Behavior
- The morality of journalism is a key theme. If the charismatic subject seduces the writer, objectivity is compromised and sycophantic puffery results, betraying the reader. Alternatively, the interviewer who feigns friendliness to get a more honest story betrays the subject with an unvarnished exposé. Casual sex is portrayed as exciting but ultimately damaging. Sexism is an issue the film explicitly condemns. Mostly white characters.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The rock musicians engage in drinking alcohol, smoking pot, and taking LSD. Some smoke cigarettes. The behavior is shown to be fun but self-destructive.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it