PR takeaways from 4 cult-classic movies

What do an Irish misfit, an aspiring writer and ‘the Dude’ have in common? They offer lessons for industry pros. Read on—and leave that spooky black candle unlit, please.

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As the weather cools and summer activities dwindle, I find myself wanting to curl up in a blanket and turn on a good movie.

I love losing myself in a riveting narrative—whether I’m following Sherlock Holmes as he seeks to solve his newest mystery or sitting in the Boston Globe newsroom next to Sacha Pfeiffer. As a PR pro, I’m constantly trying to find movie takeaways that I can relate to my everyday job, clients and colleagues.

I’ve broken down examples of PR lessons derived from several favorite cult-classic movies:

‘Almost Famous’: Take risks…

This is my favorite, and I’ve watched it dozens of times. Set in 1973, it follows 15-year-old music fanatic William, who is inspired by the influential bands of the period. When he lands an assignment for Rolling Stone magazine to interview the budding band Stillwater, he sets off on an eye-opening journey (against his mother’s wishes) with the band that changes him forever.

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