|Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, On The Road|
Tagline: It's a heck of a place to find yourself
Plot: Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom), once a rising star at a leading athletic shoe company, has just been fired due to the overwhelming failure of his design for a sneaker and the $972 million loss his company suffered because of the fiasco. As if that wasn't bad enough, things get even worse: Drew receives a phone call informing him that his father has passed away, and now, he must get on a phone for Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to retrieve his father's remains.
On the plane ride, Drew meets Claire (Kirsten Dunst), a flight attendant and unstoppable positive woman who changes the course of his life. It is in Kentucky that Drew comes to learn the breadth of his father's life and his own family roots. Drew, with the help of Claire, submits to discovering the possibilities for his own destiny. A love letter to the resilience of the life
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This is the kind of movie that's best watched at home on a DVD, where the closeness of the fast forward button will prove comforting during some of Elizabethtown's long-winded and trying sequences.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
“Elizabethtown” is a cute movie. Not cute as in fluffy kittens romping through flowers in the spring, but cute as in precious bordering on nauseatingly sweet. This Cameron Crowe relationship saga is bogged down in a mire of sugary sweetness that isn’t asmuch heartwarming as it is just plain tedious....“Elizabethtown” tries to be and do too much and never really goes anywhere. Even fans of Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst or Cameron Crowe may have a hard time swallowing this disappointingly average film. C
But hey, who can blame Crowe for wanting to hang out just a little bit more? By the end of the picture, Drew, like so many other Crowe characters before him, is an old friend. Even when Crowe trips with his plotlines and his pacings, at least he has a world of exciting, wonderful people to keep us wanting more.
--David Cornelius (eFilmCritic.com)
Elizabethtown is so busy with its flights of the imagination that it never frets about how little character development and few real moments there are. How sad that Cameron Crowe, the man behind Say Anything and Almost Famous should become so infatuated with whimsy. The lesson to be learned is that whimsy for whimsy’s sake is not only a bad idea. It’s downright sorrowful.
--Uri Lessing (eFilmCritic.com)
|Elizabethtown is a complex little movie that deals in some pretty big ideas and emotions. Cameron Crowe navigates the way for us with his usual blend of humour and wit and pathos and drama -- all told stylishly and entertainingly. 8/10|
--W. Andrew Powell (The Gate.ca)
Fortunately, Crowe's movie won't lose Paramount Pictures billions. And it does have a few charms, notably a lengthy scene in which Bloom and Dunst spend the night talking on their cell phones. But Elizabethtown too much resembles the shoe Drew invents: It's an ungainly oddity that doesn't wear well. D+
"Elizabethtown" winds down to what should be its natural conclusion after about 100 minutes and then starts up again for an anticlimactic road trip with the urn. But without a properly sensed loss of Mitchell ... Crowe's film is not a failure, much less a fiasco. But it looks as if he misconceived the structure, struggling to lace together ideas and tones that keep coming undone as stubbornly as a toddler's shoelaces.