Study Guide

Almost Famous Scene 4

Scene 4

Scene 4

"Oogum Boogum"

  • "Oogum Boogum" by Brenton Wood plays, as we pan down from two teenaged students in the school bathroom grooming their facial hair to a much younger-looking William, who combs his hair.
  • We cut to William in the back seat of the family car; Elaine drives, and Anita sits shotgun. William makes a comment about how young he looks compared to the other kids in his class.
  • Note the camerawork in this scene: at certain points, the shot is filmed in the 1st-person from the perspective of William. Pay attention to the moments when Elaine and Anita each look directly into the camera—that is, directly into William's eyes.
  • Elaine reveals that William is not 12 and a year behind his class like he has grown up believing. He's actually 11, and he skipped two grades.
  • Elaine reminds William that he will have extra time when he graduates to explore the world. "Follow your dream," she tells him. "You will still be the youngest lawyer in the country." It becomes clear, however, that this is Elaine's dream for William, not his own.
  • "What about me," Anita asks, after Elaine explains that William is a gifted child. "You are rebellious and ungrateful of my love," her mother tells her.

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