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Elizabethtown (2005)

Cast: Orlando Bloom, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, more...
Director: Scott Andrew Robertson, Cameron Crowe, Cameron Crowe, more...
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Studio: Paramount
Running Time: 123 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Winners & Losers, Life & Death, North & South by talltale February 2, 2006 - 8:02 PM PST
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As sweet and airy as spun sugar but quite a bit more nourishing, ELIZABETHTOWN is another Cameron Crowe gem. You have to be willing to tag along with this shaggy dog writer/director as he negotiates and byways of Southerners (and a few Northerners) in his quirky family romance. Yes, it may go on a tad long, but I wouldn't know where to cut, since almost all of it is highly enjoyable, especially leads Kirsten Dunst and the much maligned Orlando Bloom.

Bloom is simply lovely--so much better than most critics have admitted--and he actually does prove himself capable of carrying a movie. While the young actor didn't quite make it as a sword-and-sandal action hero in "Kingdom of Heaven," he's more than up to the struggle and confusion of this rise-fast/fall-faster fellow. Time will tell regarding the staying power of "Elizabethtown" and Bloom, but I'm betting on 'em both.

Smaller roles here are handled most adeptly by Sarandon (her performance within the performance is delightful), Baldwin, McGill, Greer, Biel and especially Paul Schneider ("All the Real Girls").




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