Elizabethtown Movie Review Summary

Actors: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Paul Schneider

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Drew Baylor is fired from his job at the Mercury shoe company for losing the firm what could be rounded up to one billion dollars. His work is his life so he decides life is not worth living anymore. Just as he is about to commit suicide his sister rings telling him that his father has passed away. Since he is thought to be the most successful in the family, he is sent up to Elizabethtown where the family isn't very friendly to his mother for taking him away from Elizabethtown.
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On the almost empty plane on the way there,the cheery flight attendant Claire Colburn, decides to befriend Drew and cheer him up. As he gets off the plane, she gives him her number.
When Drew arrives in Elizabethtown he is surrounded by relatives who all seem to know him. He is overwhelmed and when he gets back to his hotel he calls his mum, sister and girlfriend but none of them answer. Instead he calls Claire. They have a night-long phone conversation talking about everything and decide to meet up to watch the sunrise.
Claire helps Drew get through his father's death and they form a close relationship. After the disastrous memorial ceremony which ended in a fire, Claire gives Drew a unique map for the roadtrip he had wanted to take with his father. Armed with his father in his urn, Drew begins the journey he has always wanted to take with his dad by his side.
The review of this Movie prepared by Laura B

This movie was directed by Cameron Crowe

Drew Baylor (Bloom) had a normal life. He was working at the Oregon shoe company. He had a girlfriend whose name was Ellen (Biel). But one day his life was ruined when he caused a big problem at his job and he got fired. At the same time, his girlfriend decided to dump him. After all that, Drew is feeling horrible and does not know what to do. So, then he decides that he will start a new life by going to his family's small Kentucky hometown of Elizabethtown. On the way there, Drew meets a flight attendant, Claire Colburn (Dunst), and falls in love with her.
The review of this Movie prepared by Vadim Akhanov

Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) just lost the shoe company that he works for $972 million dollars. As his boss, Phil (Alec Baldwin) informs him, rounded up, Drew can say that he lost the company $1 billion dollars. In fact, the shoe that Drew designed was so bad that one critic claimed that it would cause the next generation of children to go barefoot. Jobless, dumped by his girlfriend and with nothing to live for, Drew decides to commit suicide.

Everything is in place, until Drew receives a phone call from his sister (Judy Greer) informing him that his father, Mitch (Tim Devitt), just died of a heart attack while visiting his relatives in Kentucky. Since Drew is the oldest, the most successful and the responsible one in the family, it is decided that he should be the one to take his father's blue suit out to Elizabethtown, Kentucky and to make the arrangements to have his father's body returned home to Oregon.

So Drew puts his suicide plans on hold and flies out to Kentucky, where he meets the quirky flight attendant Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst), who likes lost causes. Drew writes off Claire's interest in him and continues on to Elizabethtown, where he is greated with open arms and affection for just being born the son of Mitch Baylor. While renewing relationships with relatives he hasn't seen in years, Drew finds himself telling his feelings to Claire. As the days pass in Elizabethtown, Drew gradually comes to discover a purpose in his life through seeing the examples of the people around him: his mother (Susan Sarandon) who starts taking tap dancing lessons and learning to fix the toilet; his cousin (Paul Schneider), who is trying to become a father and not just a friend to his terror of a son; and Claire, who seems to be able to find joy in everything going on around her, no matter how bad things may appear.
The review of this Movie prepared by Debbie

Script Analysis of Elizabethtown

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   midlife crisis Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Coping with loss of    -   Dada

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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