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Elizabethtown (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 October 2005 (USA)
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During an outrageous memorial for a Southern patriarch, an unexpected romance blooms between a young woman and man.



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After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Best Place To Find Yourself.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rencontres à Elizabethtown  »

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Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,618,711 (USA) (14 October 2005)


$26,838,389 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy Greer plays Orlando Bloom's younger sister. In reality, Greer is two years older than Bloom. See more »


At the memorial, when the people are leaving the room because of the fire, there's a shot of a woman taking away Drew's father's picture, a giant portrait in black and white. In the next shot, the picture is seen at the back of the room. See more »


[first lines]
Dock Worker: [receiving returning good] Welcome back, boys.
Drew Baylor: As somebody once said, there's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-present of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folktale told to others, that makes other people feel more... alive. Because it didn't happen to them.
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Crazy Credits

This film opens with the 1954 "VistaVision" Paramount Pictures logo - instead of the new 'live-action' one. This logo was used at the head of all Paramount films released from the mid-1950s through to 1986. See more »


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The Reviews Are So Off Base
15 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie WAS NOT a series of disjointed vignettes, NOR was it lacking plausibility, as many critics have complained. Perhaps living on one of the coasts makes you too cynical and uptight to enjoy a movie that is based on the relationships and culture of the ordinary person. This movie was like reading a good book. If you've ever had a deep thought about life, or questioned the path your life has taken, or found pleasure in the small moments found in relationships with real people, you will find something in this movie that touches a chord within yourself. I think Cameron Crowe masterfully crafted a summary of those important moments in our lives that are meaningful. It didn't require a long, drawn out explanation. How many times do we think back to a particular moment, and all we remember is the person, the relationship, and the music tied to that moment? A song can take you to a precise moment in your life. He made that connection to all of us, through the life of one fictional character. I found myself enjoying being a fly on the wall, watching the characters, relating to the events, laughing at the poignant humor, and savoring the road trip reflections at the end. This was a movie worth watching, just because it is about the truths of life. The critics missed the boat on this one.

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