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After his designs causes an Oregon shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, Drew Baylor is first fired and then dumped by his girlfriend. While attempting to commit suicide, Drew is recieves word that his father has died and that it has fallen on Drew to make sure his dying wishes are fulfilled. On the way home to Elizabethtown, Drew meets a flight attendant (Dunst), with whom he begins a romance and in turn rediscovers the joys of life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 170
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 123
- Average Rating: 4.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The film's problems lie with the lack of spark between a wired Dunst and a bland Bloom.
Rotten: Elizabethtown never quite feels like itself, whatever that self might be; it's as if another, subtly but significantly different movie were desperately trying to break through its skin.
Rotten: So curious, and such a disappointment.
Rotten: Leaves one adrift on a raft of morose questions. How could this vacuous movie have got made? Didn't anyone at Paramount, which paid for the film, read the script? And also: What in the world has happened to Cameron Crowe?
Elizabethtown received mixed reviews after only being screened for critics -unedited- at the Toronto film festival. Roger Ebert called the difference between these two versions "dramatic" before he and Richard Roeper gave the final film "Thumbs Up". Because of reviews it was looked over in theaters meaning it's now a hidden gem remaining on terms with films such as Garden State or Almost Famous. I felt this amazing film hit on a more personal/relatable level. It's not a straight drama, romance or comedy though it contains elements of all three and even though it stars Bloom and Dunst it's not a mindless chick flick. Affectionate not sappy, it's a film about family, love, loss and essentially Life.
Unfairly Advertised, No One Did It Justice
When I first saw advertisements for this film, it looked like a standard, mindless romantic comedy. Even so, I found myself one night renting it and being pleasantly suprised. This is an amazing film, and although it includes elements of romance its more about a single person being reborn through a trajedy. Cameron Crowe is a genius, he goes one step further to make all of his characters real and relatable. Plus- this soundtrack is to die for. Please see this movie with an open mind, because I believe that the ones who went in wanting to see a numbing chick flick were all disappointed because this caused them to "think" more.
a quirky but quintessentially American movie
This movie may not have done well at the box office, but I've watched it twice now and loved it more the second time around. Orlando Bloom's character has hit rock-bottom (and lost his dad), but his life is about to take a surprising turn when he goes to Kentucky for a quick trip (he thinks) to get his father's remains. This gem touches on universal themes such as family and remembrance of loved ones, but it also is about that quintessential American cinematic theme: taking a chance on a new and better life by taking that unexpected opportunity.