When sports-shoe designer Drew Baylor (Bloom) is fired in disgrace by his nasty boss (Alec Baldwin), he's all set to kill himself. But then his sister (Judy Greer) phones with the bad news that their dad died while visiting kin, and Drew postpones his suicide to hop a flight to Kentucky, during which he meets a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst) who will, of course, save Drew from himself. This all sounds like Garden State transplanted to the Bluegrass State, but Elizabethtown doesn't have the glossy sitcom sheen of Zach Braff's directorial debut. It's far more rough and ragged, less a linear story than a compendium of scenes set to the Elton John, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and My Morning Jacket songs writer-director Cameron Crowe was listening to when he wrote the film. Like Crowe's Almost Famous, it's a collection of charming stories stitched together to give them emotional weight, when all they want to do is soar like three-minute pop songs that drift in and out of a perfect moment that can't possibly last.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Producer: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner and Cameron Crowe
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer, Jessica Biel, Alec Baldwin, Jed Rees, Emily Rutherfurd, Bruce McGill and Leslie David Baker