Almost Famous

Director:

C. Crowe

Producer:

I. Bryce

Year:

2000

Distributor:

Columbia Pictures

Country:

USA

Running time:

122 min

Genre:

Comedy-drama

Format:

Colour

Availability:

DVD

Keywords:

Law, Woman professor, Eccentric, Class Differences
Summary
A well-reviewed film about fifteen-year-old William Miller's coming-of-age as he joins the tour of a rock band as a budding music journalist. However, before climbing aboard the band's bus he must get his mother's permission to miss his high-school classes. Will's mom, Anita, is eccentric, domineering and puritanical, which has caused his older sister to leave home; the last straw being when Anita confiscated her copy of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bookends" album, condemning it as promoting drugs & promiscuous sex. And Anita's profession? A law professor.
Teaching Notes
Portrayal of women in higher education:
A key element of the plot was to create the necessary stark contrast between William's staid, upper middle class background and the world of sex, drugs and rock n' roll. This was conveniently personified by William's mother, who, besides being domineering, religious and puritanical, must represent the epitome of the Establishment. For Cameron Crow, at least, the obvious choice was a Law Professor. One the one hand, this could be regarded as just another cultural stereotype; on the other, Anita represents one of just four women law professors depicted in American films to date.
film poster
Anita Miller, Professor of Law