From Oscar winner Cameron Crowe comes "a potent blend of rock 'n' roll and classic romantic comedy." Orlando Bloom stars as Drew Baylor, a hot-shot designer whose life becomes completely unraveled when he loses his father ... more »and his job on one fateful day. En route to Elizabethtown to visit his family, Drew meets Claire (Kirsten Dunst). She's beautiful, unstoppably positive, and just the gal to guide Drew on his journey back home and to teach him what it means to live and love along the way. Set against the backdrop of an incredible soundtrack, ELIZABETHTOWN is "an amazing trip of love, loss and laughter."« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 8/18/2014...
I absolutely loved Elizabethtown! Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst just work well together. Loved the idea of scattering his dads ashes across country because it is exactly what I have been contemplating with my husbands ashes. It is all about peace of mind and what (perhaps) the deceased would have liked but once they are gone the responsibility is in the hands of loved ones. PUT IT IN WRITING! These loved ones of Elizabethtown Kentucky want the remains to be buried there and, of course, plans have been in the works to bring him home to Oregon for cremation. This entertaining movie, written and directed by Cameron Crowe, is much more than just a road trip movie!
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Bill M. from SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV Reviewed on 2/6/2014...
Didn't enjoy it a bit.
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Judy B. from NOTASULGA, AL Reviewed on 3/20/2010...
Watching Orlando Bloom in anything is a pleasure, this film has some cute moments, but can be very slow. I enjoyed it, but then without the sound just watching OB was pleasurable:)
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KAT O. Reviewed on 1/9/2010...
WOW! Very good movie, I watched it a few times its perfect for these times, being extremely successful, then not. Who are your true friends? Who knows what you need? Are you willing to see what is in front of you? From the bottom, things can only get better, and starting again is just as exciting as the first time you succeeded. This movie makes you look at your and appreciate it for what it is, "Every day is a new day and a new you."
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A Movie About Real Family and Life
N. Burton | Florida, USA | 01/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVE the movie Elizabethtown! If you want to see a movie portraying a pie-in-the-sky family don't see this one. If you want to see a fast-paced movie don't see this one.
Some people have said Orlando Bloom's acting is flat, or lethargic. Wrong. Orlando has nailed his character once again proving he is a great actor more than just with costumes, swords, bows and arrows. He has just experienced a shocking, mind-blowing event in his life followed by finding out his Dad has just died. Emotion has not surfaced yet. Anyone who has experienced a similar life event can tell you there may not be emotion showing just yet. All that is seen is quietness and shock. His seemingly perfect life is unraveling. Then enters Claire.
Kirsten Dunst is PERFECT for this role and she performs it with spunk and irresistable charm.
The family portrayed in this movie is not perfect. Far from it. They are painfully real. Fathers and sons who don't see eye to eye. Children who are too busy living far away to make it home to see their relatives. Children who misbehave. Chaos and rocky relationships during family gatherings.
There are some words and phrases that could have been completely left out, one "F" word and one story during the funeral about a neighbor; completely pointless and not funny.
Humor is bountiful, the roadtrip is amazing, the tunes are incredible, it stirs the emotions. It was worth paying to see in the theatre and definitely worth buying. Watch it first or watch it with your kids, but not young ones.
Don't miss 60B! See Elizabethtown."
Jesse V. Coffey | Lexington, Kentucky USA | 10/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Loved this movie! And not just because it was filmed around my home town and state. But because it was everything I didn't expect and more.
Don't go seeing Elizabethtown for the full frontal assault of Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous. This one is subtle in the humor and long on thought. The plot is filled with pure Kentuckyiana that gives an insight into the characters. The characters ARE the plot, moving it along in a sweet, poignant adult "coming of age" story. The "suits" had a serious problem with this one because it can't be categorized. There were moments of touching sorrow but it's not a drama. There were moments of laughter, but it's not really a comedy. It's quirky and different. You'll laugh through your tears and cry through your laughing.
Someone complaining about the "lack of chemistry" between Bloom and Dunst didn't pay a whole lot of attention to things. The whole point of the love story is that it grows. That chemistry was played down until the end, as it should have been. The plot isn't about a man falling in love. It's about a man coming to grips with his past, his present, and his future. The love story is an evolutionary thing and takes a backseat to the real plot.
I truly enjoyed this movie. Cameron Crowe gave a unique perspective into the beauty of Kentucky, choosing NOT to show the usual horse farms and antebellum manses...but showing the mountains and the backroads of the state. Bloom is the right mix of sardonic and lost. Dunst offers the irritatingly perky flight attendant that shows a more rich personality later on. They meshed well together. Sarandon is a bloody hoot as the widow learning to cope with being alone. The tapestry of characters weaves a beautiful story that unfolds in layers. It'll leave you crying, laughing, and part of time well spent. I can't wait for this one to come out on DVD. I'll be first in line to purchase it."
THE MOST UNDERRATED FILM OF 2005
Scott P. Collins | Madison, WI United States | 03/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Writer/Director Cameron Crowe's ("Say Anything...", "Singles," "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Vanilla Sky") latest film met a painful death when it was released to theaters last fall. For a film that is undeniably non-controversial, it was a strangely polarizing film with one camp showering praise while its' detractors voiced seemingly endless complaints which ranged from performances, character's motivations, the film's meandering tone, to even the use of its' soundtrack. I am proudly placing myself in the first group. I have seen the film twice and while I don't think that this is a great film (or even my favorite Cameron Crowe film), it struck a profound chord with me that has remained months after seeing it. I feel that this film never had the chance it deserved and it was completely undervalued and unappreciated. Thanks to DVD, it has a second chance. I am not only anxious to see it again; I am graciously urging you to give this film a try.
The opening of the film recalls elements of "Jerry Maguire" (and to some extent, the darker tones of "Vanilla Sky") as we meet 27-year-old Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom), an introverted shoe designer for a Nike-ish corporation. Drew is fired for designing a disastrous athletic shoe entitled the "Spasmotica" (envisioned to give the wearer the feeling of "walking on a cloud") and the failure of his eight years in the making design will potentially cost his company to lose 1 billion dollars. This fiasco additionally costs him his girlfriend and hours later, on the brink of committing suicide, he receives an urgent call from his sister (Judy Greer) informing him of their father's sudden death. Drew is then dispatched by his mother (Susan Sarandon) to venture to his father's small Kentucky hometown of Elizabethtown to deal with the extended family and protect his father's dying wishes. On his way to Elizabethtown, Drew meets Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst), an extremely cheerful flight attendant who begins to point Drew in the direction of seeing life's possibilities.
"Elizabethtown" is NOT a romantic comedy, although there is a romance in it. The outcome of the film doesn't hinge on whether Drew and Claire become romantically involved. This film is about life and death itself and the baby steps Drew takes towards embracing life. Most importantly, "Elizabethtown" shows, in graceful and subtle ways, how that very embrace comes down to the power of choice. One can choose despair or happiness, and for most of the film, Drew, still contemplating suicide, skulks around in dark clothes like the specter of death while being confronted with Claire's relentless optimism, and the unconditional love from a family he barely knows. Through watching characters like Drew's mother (obviously consumed with grief over the loss of her husband plus being confronted with issues of her own mortality) to Claire herself (a much more complicated character than given credit for), the power of choice becomes more explicit and meaningful to Drew, and hopefully, the audience. The film concludes with a majestic and music filled cross-country road trip, selflessly created for Drew by Claire, to help him reconnect with the world and the life force that surges through all manner of people, places, and things.
As previously stated, many complaints about this film were steered towards its' slower pace and meandering tone. I felt that this was Crowe's artistic choice to make a film that approximated the rhythms of real life. Real life is not made up of a concisely driven narrative hurtling itself along to a conclusion. Life is a series of moments, which build upon other moments and sometimes, emotionally collide. Crowe gracefully etches out these moments in various fashions. A courtship while buying an urn. A tap dance during a memorial service. Dealing with death in a hotel where seemingly every other patron is part of a rambunctious, life-affirming wedding party. In this film, Crowe masterfully captures the "in-between" moments of Drew's journey and audiences need to give this film the patience and time it needs to fully resonate.
"Elizabethtown" is not an instant gratification movie. It is not about a payoff. It is designed for the viewer to take an emotional journey with Drew. Patient viewers will be rewarded with a deeply heartfelt film that means what it says about success, failure, family, loss and love and it ultimately provides a sense of hope in a world that desperately needs it. Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" is a love story to life.
It all depends on your state of mind..."I'm Fine"
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 02/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even before hitting the screens, the PR machine was wild with rumors about re-writes, cuts, revisions, and doom so that when ELIZABETHTOWN finally entered the theaters it was a short gasp before it was gone. Didn't see it in the theaters, but watching this little film on DVD makes this viewer wonder just why the movie was so poorly received. Yes, it is lengthy (over two hours) for a story that is fairly slight, and yes, it is a bit self indulgent even for writer director Cameron Crowe, and it is true the script is odd and patchy and contains big dollops of mushy philosophy. But given all that, if you take your time and relax your expectations, this is a nice little film with many good things going for it.
Drew (Orlando Bloom) is a bright and successful designer who has spent the last eight years of his life designing the Spasmodic show for a big Oregon firm led by Alec Baldwin. But the shoe is a bust, costs the company nearly a billion dollars, and costs Drew his job. Simultaneously his girlfriend dumps him and Drew finds himself on a machine design for suicide - when the phone rings and his sister informs him his father just died while he was in his hometown of Elizabethtoen, Kentucky. As the eldest Drew must go make the arrangements.
Drew books a flight on an empty airline with only the stewardess as companion - the kooky but funny and very sweet Claire (Kirsten Dunst) who begins a long conversation about names, Drew's life, her life, etc. When Drew lands in Louisville he thinks he is saying goodbye ("I'm good at remembering goodbye looks") to Claire, but in reality Claire follows Drew through his time in Elizabethtown and eventually assists him in rethinking and rediscovering the true meaning of success and happiness in a road trip that follows the funeral. The townsfolk of Elizabethtown are a warm and oddball crew who awaken in Drew an appreciation for his father, memories dormant and set aside for the sake of his own misbegotten success. The town loved his father and it is only after Drew convinces his sister (Judy Greer) and mother (Susan Sarandon) to come to Elizabethtown for the memorial service to end all memorial services that Drew can begin his own Claire-designed road trip with father's ashes that the whole story takes on some meaning.
With some judicious pruning of a script constipated by verbiage or lazy phrases and with a bit of editing and fleshing out of some of the characters, this little non-pretentious story might have just become that - unpretentious. But Cameron Crowe is Cameron Crowe for all that, and accepting his style is necessary to sit back and have a nice little evening with these nice folks. Grady Harp, February 06"
Begin your jounrey and do not skip ahead...
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 02/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I know that Drew Baylor (Orlando) is literally not the last person in Cameron Crowe's "Elizabethtown" who knows that he is in love with Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst), but it sure seems that way. Drew certain last good reason to be distracted from the obvious. In fact he has two good reasons. The first is that he has been fired from his job, having designed a shoe that was has been recalled, a business fiasco that is so monumental that according to Phil (Alec Baldwin), who owns the company, an entire generation will go without shoes. The name of the sneaker was the "Spasmodica," so there is ample evidence that Drew has a blind spot when it comes to the obvious (which includes the fact that his girl friend is dumping him). The second is that his father has died, and as the responsible one in his family Drew is dispatched back to Elizabethtown to take care of the funeral arrangements. On the red-eye to Louisville is where Drew, the only passenger on the plane, meets Claire, the flight attendant.
Drew's father died on a visit to his hometown where apparently everybody knew him if they were not outright related to him. His mother (Susan Sarandon) did not go on the visit and is loathe to show up for the funeral because she is blamed by everybody in Elizabethtown for taking the beloved Mitch away to California. The fact the family lives in Oregon is beside the point. For Drew there is a more personal tightrope to walk, because everybody thinks he is a big success and the magazine cover story that will expose him to the world is not due out until next week. It is really only the cell phone calls with Claire that are keeping him sane and when they meet at the end of an all-night conversation it seems that maybe their relationship has already peaked. But we have seen the trailer, so we know that would be just plain wrong.
On the one hand the bad news is that this movie does not really kick into high gear until we get to Mitch's funeral, where Drew's mother gets up and confronts the people who have looked down their collective noses at her all these years. Crowe then gets to the scene where the cute couple with their names before the title of the movie are supposed to get together, but although it is perfectly obvious to Claire what is supposed to happen, Drew still does not have his head on straight. Fortunately, Claire does not take what Drew does as a rejection and creates something that will help Drew with that rather significant problem. All he has to do is follow her instructions: "Begin your journey and do not skip ahead" (I do not want to spoil the discovery on the chance you will think it is as neat as I do).
I was wondering if maybe there was a problem in that Bloom is just too good looking to be Crowe's proxy in this film, but the flaw in "Elizabethtown" is that the writer-director saves the best for last and then does not have as much time as we would like to see him really develop it. One of the things that can make a romantic film, whether it be comedy or drama, is a grand gesture and Crowe has come up with some of the best in movie history. John Cusak with the boom box playing "In Your Eyes" in "Say Anything" topped the "Entertainment Weekly" list of best romantic moments and they can never make fun of "You had me at hello" from "Jerry Maquire" enough to deflate its poignancy. In "Elizabethtown" Crowe is trying for something big in this regard, but I think it is something that should have been the subject of an entire film and not just the final act. In fact, I do not want to watch Drew take his journey, I want to go on it."