Almost Famous (2000) is a semi-autobiographical drama written and directed by Cameron Crowe about William Miller, a fifteen-year-old writer for Rolling Stone magazine whose first assignment is to tour with a tumultuous rock band, Stillwater, while needing to call home to check-in with his mother, Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand), and getting advice from a cantankerous music critic, Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
Be yourself, always.
Lester Bangs: “Oh, man. So you made friends with them? See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong.”
William: “Well, it was fun.”
Lester Bangs: “Because they make you feel cool. And hey, I met you. You are not cool.”
William: “I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn’t. […] I’m glad you were home.”
Lester Bangs: “I’m always home. I’m uncool.”
William: “Me too.”
Lester Bangs: “You’re doing great, man. The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool. Listen, my advice to you, and I know you think these guys are your friends, if you want to be a true friend to them, be honest and unmerciful.”
- Cameron Crowe: The Well Rounded Interview (theuncool.com)