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Elizabethtown

Year: 2005
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill, Judy Greer, Jessica Biel
A huge misfire for Crowe. He obviously loves rock and roll, but this is like a 90 minute movie that was stretched to 150 minutes just to fit in all his favourite songs and impress everyone with how much a range of tastes he had.

It is a novelty to see Orlando Bloom play a modern day guy who wears normal clothes and doesn't carry a spear or a sword, but it runs out. He doesn't have wide enough shoulders to carry a whole movie on, and it's mostly on him. It's essentially the same big-city-guy-comes-home-to-small-town-origins story as Garden State, and the one standout moment is when Susan Sarandon takes the stage during her onscreen husband's funeral; her monologue is heartfelt and she shows all the cool Hollywood kids how to do it. Watching an actress of such stature maturity and beauty is a pleasure.

The same can't be said of Kirsten Dunst, who overdoes the quirky, weird but cute girl to the extent that you don't really believe she's real.

The last half hour is a series of endpoints you think are going to be the end of the movie, but it just keeps going on and on...

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