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Elizabethtown (2005)

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During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.

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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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14 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Elizabettauna  »

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Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Jesse's band comprises members of Kentucky's native band My Morning Jacket who are also featured on the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

When Drew meets his cousin for the first time there is a boy on a push bike in the background. He continually during short shots, moves from the grass to down the road again. See more »

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[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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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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) See more »

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Purcell: Rondeau (Abdelazer)
(1677)
Written by Henry Purcell
Performed by Neville Marriner (as Sir Neville Marriner) & The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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How could so many critics have panned this amazing film?
24 October 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

For the critics who say this film meanders and rambles, I have to say this: When your dad dies, your life meanders and rambles. I can't speak for everyone who has lost a father but I can speak for myself, and I thought it was spot-on in it's portrayal of the confusing roller-coaster that surrounds the death of a parent. Elizabethtown has all of the things you'd expect from a Cameron Crowe movie: a unique and personal story, great music, beautiful cinematography, surprising humor (I was actually choking from laughing so hard during the videotape scene) and very real and touching moments. I thought the acting was great. Orlando Bloom gave a touching and subtle performance. Kirsten Dunst's accent did go in and out a bit, but she and Bloom had such great chemistry that it didn't bother me at all. Susan Sarandon was perfect, Alec Baldwin was hilarious, the Elizabethtown residents were quirky and fun...if I have a complaint it's that the amazing Judy Greer was underutilized. Overall, this movie had everything that a great movie should have. Shame on the critics who panned it simply because it didn't follow the usual Hollywood plot map—this film is about taking the scenic route and making the trip meaningful, and that's what it did.


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