I agree with another poster's opinion that Sarandon's speech was painful and felt out of place. I also agree that the road trip home was a little out of place and incongruous with the rest of the movie.
However, this movie has so many touching, or clever moments that I generally enjoyed it. I was really surprised with Orlando Bloom's very good performance. I see one post that says Kirsten is a bad actress and ugly. She will never be confused as Judy Dench (I know, Dame Dench is the cliché great actress), but I think Kirsten is believable and better than many actresses in her age group. I like Cameron Crowe's eccentric movies. They are at least unique and usually entertaining. They do not fall within the formulaic approach in a generally stay-safe Hollywood.
-- But not a "chick flick". -- I rented this movie expecting a "chick flick" romance for my wife (what can I say, my wife likes the light and fluffy) to counter "my" rental, Sin City. From that perspective, I suppose Elizabethtown failed. She was bored with Elizabethtown and commented on it being long a couple of times. She also was really turned off by Sarandon's speech saying it was just stupid. This coming from a fan of Lohan movies and too many other movies that can be painful for me to watch, but she enjoys.
By the way Sin City is amazing, one of my favs.
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