ElizabethtownDirector: Cameron Crowe, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon
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A young man in need of a fresh start gets one under highly unexpected circumstances in this emotionally resonant comedy drama from writer and director Cameron Crowe. Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is considered the big success story in his family, having moved away from the small Kentucky town where he was born to California, where he works as a designer for Mercury, the nation's biggest athletic shoe company. But success has begun to elude Drew -- his most recent design was a resounding flop that has cost him his job, and his girlfriend, Ellen (Jessica Biel), has given him his walking papers. Drew is contemplating suicide when he gets word that his father has died, and that he's needed back home in Elizabethtown, KY, to help organize the funeral. With his mother, Hollie (Susan Sarandon), deep in denial about her husband's passing, Drew comes home to discover no one knows about his recent poor fortune, and he's greeted like a conquering hero. As Drew reconnects with his family and helps his sister, Heather (Judy Greer), look after Hollie, Drew gets a new lease on life and is reminded about what's really important to him. Helping him learn these valuable lessons is Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst), a pretty and optimistic flight attendant Drew meets on his flight home who has her own philosophies about positive thinking and the curative powers of travel. Elizabethtown also stars Alec Baldwin, Paul Schneider, Bruce McGill, Loudon Wainwright III, and Paula Deen.
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Cast & Crew
|Orlando Bloom||Drew Baylor|
|Kirsten Dunst||Claire Colborn|
|Susan Sarandon||Hollie Baylor|
|Judy Greer||Heather Baylor|
|Jessica Biel||Ellen Kishmore|
|Paul Schneider||Jessie Baylor|
|Paula Deen||Aunt Dora|
|Loudon Wainwright||Uncle Dale|
|Bruce McGill||Bill Banyon|
|Ted Manson||Sad Joe|
|Andy Fischer||Associate Producer|
|Beat Frutiger||Art Director|
|Clay Griffith||Production Designer|
|Donald J. Lee||Executive Producer|
|Nancy Steiner||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jeff Wexler||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nancy Wilson||Score Composer|
1. I'm Fine
3. Suicide Bike
4. We Have a Plan
6. Different Aspects
7. Family Photos
8. The Brown Hotel
9. All Night Phone Call
10. Peaked on the Phone
11. Substitute People
12. Learning to Listen
13. Sorry About Your Dad
14. Chuck's Wedding Toast
15. Still Smiling
16. Mitch's Memorial
17. Life Without Mitch
18. Ruckus Reunites
19. This Is Your Road Trip
21. End Credits
English 5.1 Surround
English 2.0 Surround
Meet the Crew
Extended Scene: Rusty's Learning to Listen Part 8
Extended Scene: Hanging With Russell in Memphis
Behind the Scenes
Mitch, Hollie, Drew and Heather: The Baylors
Drew & Claire
The Road Trip
Theatrical Trailer: Bad Day
Theatrical Trailer: Drew
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This movie is so wonderfully life affirming, it made me want to leave the theater and dance across the parking lot. It's a real feel-good movie that manages to avoid being cheesy and predictable. It's absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend it.
Elizabethtown is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. It's hard to pin-point it to that genre though, for there's plenty of depth and drama within it. Cameron Crowe does such an amazing job with the soundtrack, piecing together music that moves you into the scenes, into the laughter, and into the pain. Kirsten Dunst is of course amazing, but Orlando Bloom really captured the film for me (not just because I'm a woman!). His acting was so genuine in soul, I was blown away. I guess I was able to connect to this movie in such a way because my father died 5 years ago. I was like Drew...very numb about it at first until it hit me and I cried and laughed at the same time in rememberance. Everybody....watch this movie!
Cameron Crowe is 1 of the all-time best. All his films, minus Vanilla Sky, are awesome. Elizabethtown is fun. A picturisque portrait of smalltown America, the people who live it & some historic landmarks shown at the end. Another big story is casting Orlando Bloom, sporting a U.S. accent, as main guy: Drew. Bloom is outstanding, already the new Errol Flynn due to hit epics like Lord of the Rings & Pirates of the Carribean but he surprises all in the fact that he can also give a cool performance in a lively romantic comedy alongside an all-star cast that includes quitessential All-American girl next door: Kirsten Dunst. Bloom & Dunst are perfect together as the suicidal guy & the quirky flight attendent. I saw this 3 times at the theater, it's that great. No, my girl didn't drag me to see it. I'm a guy who likes Bloom's work since LOTR (My favorite books), Crowe rules & Dunst always delivers. There was 1 plothole in the film that left me guessing: What's the scam Drew's dad's ex-pal did to lose him lots of cash? Still, a gem that proves Cameron still has it & Orlando can do alot more than swing a sword & fire arrows (Though I hope he never stops doing it). Music is good, too.
First of all: If you are looking for an Oscar-nominated romance, quick! Look! "The Beauty and the Beast" was released seventeen years ago! Sarcasm aside, this movie is not amazing, but it is heartfelt, and one of my favorite movies. It has great humor and runs a bit like a "slice-of-life" flick, with a bit of "could-this-ever-really-happen-to-one-guy?" fantasy sprinkled in. The script is slightly lacking; it drags, it's slightly contradictory, and poor Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is kind of watching this crazy part of his life run by with no real interaction with it. He's got some very touching, emotional scenes, though. It depends on how you enjoy your movies-- if you think "Michael" was a swell film and "You've Got Mail" and "Must Love Dogs" are the height of romantic comedy, then you'll probably squeal in delight over this film. However: If you want your romance with more than a swimming pool's depth, you might want to steer clear of this one. The soundtrack, however, for where the film fails occasionally, is all-out amazing.
this movie was okay but it got really boring at times. the acting was good. it still seemed to be missing something. kirsten's character was a little whacky, but in a good way see this movie if you love orlando!!!!!
I never thought Orlando Bloom could act. I never thought Kirsten Dunst could bomb. Every movie I have ever seen her in, she has been the best thing in it, no matter how lame the movie itself. But here...yikes. She is boring, trite, annoying. And I lay the blame for this fully at the feet of the director/writer Cameron Crowe. That he would take Dunst and make her into a lonely, psuedo-cheerful 'substitute' person is just a waste. The movie was self-indulgent nonsense. But the saving grace was Bloom. He made the pain and grief and regret so real. That the movie tried to get you to ride along with crazy family members and odd circumstances and really lame "let's walk our way through the great moments in the history of the South and be healed of regret and grief while listening to some snippets from the good old days of rock and roll" road trip montage at the end is simply a disgrace. But through it all, Bloom conveys sadness and being overwhelmed as well as anyone ever has. Is it worth seeing? Yes, for Bloom's performance and for what Crowe has to say about regret. But just ignore what Crowe wants to say about the healing powers of silly family members and rock music. He lies.
i loved loved loved this movie!
As with any media, you are the ultimate critic. Poorly written, directed, etc. Jumpy, sporatic, and slow. It seems this movie tries too hard to be impresionistic and is very slow moving. Several ideas are presented in this movie and the movie doesn't stick with one, but jumps sporadically between them. A long, drawn out film that could've used an edit or two. It falls short as a romatic drama, or whatever its trying to be (its hard to classify due to its many themed storyline). 1 1/2 hours could've been nicely cut out of this movie! Not recommended.
omg i loved this movie its so sweet and kirsten everyone said she was crazy but that was good for the movie bc she sticks on ur mind i htought she was awsome and orlando bloom hotter than ever i love him he is so cute so yah i hope everyone goes and cs this movie bc its so awsome