Elizabethtown

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(2005)

Sky Movies Drama: Friday 25 September, 12.20pm

Orlando Bloom is suicidal after the publicly reviled Spasmotica training shoe launch – a 972 million dollar fiasco for which company boss Alec Baldwin holds him accountable. But Bloom’s suicide plan is interrupted by news of his father’s sudden death. With chatterbox flight attendant Kirsten Dunst in tow, Bloom drives into a Twilight Zone tribute to his dad in a picture postcard Kentucky town full of harmless eccentrics and colourful country cousins.

A kiss-and-cuddles, sunrise-and-smiles sort of sitcom that can’t quite muster the energy to be whimsical. Played out to a sensitive soft-rock soundtrack and capped by Susan Sarandon’s cringe-worthy tap-dance to Moon River, the message is “fail big and stick around – that’s the true sign of greatness.” A warm and cuddly comedy about bereavement – good grief! And it could have been worse.

Elizabethtown premiered as a ‘work in progress’ at the Toronto film festival, running 139 minutes. After the film’s dismal reception, writer-director Cameron Crowe licked his wounds with a couple of music documentaries before returning to the fray in 2011 with the anodyne family dramedy We Bought a Zoo. The disastrously received romantic comedy Aloha demonstrated he’s still ‘failing big’. He’s now working on a TV movie called Roadies.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 119min

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