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Drew Baylor is fired after causing his shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. To make matters worse, he's also dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of ending it all, Drew gets a new lease on life when he returns to his family's small Kentucky hometown after his father dies. Along the way, he meets a flight attendant with whom he falls in love.
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There are film-makers that know how to use music in their films and then there is Cameron Crowe. I'm a little biased as for me Crowe can do no wrong. He may well be a director/screenwriter/producer but his obvious love is music. Maybe being married to a former rocker herself in the shape of Nancy Wilson helped him in his brilliant song choices for movies that have touched so many,who knows? Now divorced,his next move will tell us just how much.
Elizabethtown has been a polarising film for many. Adam Cook a writer I respect enormously doesn't have much time for this film and makes a good argument as to it's faults. I fully understand…
I'll always love this film. Derided by many, it still resonates with me as I too lost my father just like Orlando's character and it was only after his death I realized how much time we wasted and the excuses we gave for not spending enough time together. I'm not claiming to be anything like Orlando Bloom and movies don't normally reflect my own life or state of mind, but this one was like looking in a mirror. Crowe may know how to add sentimentality by the bucket-load and sometimes he overdoes it, but with this story of that shard of light in the darkness of grief, this makes me cry like a lost child every time.
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I cannot better my previous review of "Elizabethtown", it said everything I felt about it and still do.
Holidays can be a hard time for me. Apart from my wife and her mum and dad I have no real family as such. I lost my father when I was in my teens and my mother closed herself off from showing affection to my brother and I. It's a relationship that simply cannot be mended, just like my heart she broke in the process. My wife never gets involved but shares my pain. I see movies like these as an escape. The optimism, the hope, the wonderful music that stirs my emotions every time, the tears that flow almost constantly throughout this, it all makes me wish for a family that cared, even worried about me just a little. The self pity is over. This movie just makes me feel better and a good cry never hurt anyone.
I'm one of four humans that love this film and have been constantly attacked for it. The other three are in the witness protection program for safety purposes.
I liked this, but I didn't love it. I did, however, relate to it, but not to the characters; I related to the dialogue. By that I mean I related to the characters' discussions, but not to them or their situations. There are a number of brilliant quotes which is what kept drawing me in, but whilst it certainly has its moments, it wasn't anything particularly impressive overall. I'm really starting to enjoy Kirsten Dunst's roles though, and Susan Sarandon was a nice addition to the cast, too.
I usually like Cameron Crowe films, but Elizabethtown was just irritating. Orlando Bloom (who nobody likes) was irritating. Kirsten Dunst (who i also usually like) was irritating. Judy Greer (who I usually love) was irritating. The only thing it really had going for it was the music, predictably for a Crowe film the soundtrack is the best element of the whole project. He is a master of choosing the right song to compliment the image. Otherwise, Elizabethtown was an irritating (have I used that word yet in this review?), twee, annoying film that disappears up it's own quirk.
[pass] (70min) Cameron Crowe unleashed; corny and false.
Somethings in this movie work really well: I always dig me some Paul Schneider. Bruce McGill is always a treat. There's some good cinematography here. A handful of scenes work.
But far too much doesn't work. The two leads are poorly written. Writer-director Cameron Crowe never picks a tone so each scene feels like a totally different movie. And dear God man the songs. There's not a moment of silence to be found in this movie.
Not the total disaster t is made out to be but still not very good. A big disappointment.
I wasn't sure about this, however the more it went through, and the more I watched, the more it played out to be fantastic.
I would watch tis again in a heart beat now, it speaks volumes
holy crap this was a terrible movie. Really a 1/2 star is too generous.
I know. I'm impossible to forget, but I'm hard to remember.
Elizabethtown is a romantic comedy/drama that's 30 minutes too long. I was bored to death 3/4 of the movie. It got a little better at the second half, but I didn't fall in love with it, not at all.
I tolerated Kirsten Dunst, but I couldn't stand Orlando Bloom. I don't know if it's his character or his acting, but I found him very annoying.
I will forget very fast this movie.
The fault in Cameron Crowe's shaggy dog tale of loss and finding is not in the open-heartedness it exhibits. Like most of his films, Elizabethtown has an earnest belief that all wounds can be healed. The stumbling blocks on the way to the healing are the numerous dangling storylines that trail across the path of the main narrative and Orlando Bloom's uneven portrayal of Drew Baylor, the film's protagonist.
Bloom learns of his father's sudden death only hours after being fired from his job for losing the company close to a billion dollars in revenue. It's the kind of thing that can shake a guy... fundamentally. Sent by his mother and sister to Kentucky where his father had been visiting…
I should start by saying I really wanted to like this film. I really did.
After reading so much about the "manic pixie dream girl" theory which originated from this film and watching so many others with the same types of characters I was eager to watch Elizabethtown. I was sadly disappointed. I found this film nothing like (500) Days of Summer or Ruby Sparks or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Kirsten Dunst might be where the MPDG term came from, but she's also the worst at it. She is hardly a character, more of an idea or a caricature; which I guess is the whole point of the theory. I'm usually one of her biggest supporters (especially when…
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