The movie is heavily based on Cameron Crowe’s own life. In one of the opening scenes, his sister forces his mother to tell him the truth about his age – that he’s actually a few years younger than his classmates.
This actually happened! In an interview, Crowe said, “…my sister still can’t believe the dialogue is right. I never forgot that conversation when my sister forced my mom into telling me. I’d skipped fifth grade and gone straight to sixth, so I was 10 in sixth grade. I figured it was okay to be one year younger, but they pulled over in my mom’s country sedan and told me it was two years younger.”