is a 2005 American comedy-drama film
written and directed by Cameron Crowe
starring Orlando Bloom
and Kirsten Dunst
. Alec Baldwin
has a small role as a CEO
of an athletic shoe company and Susan Sarandon
appears as a grieving widow
Drew Baylor is the designer of the Späsmodica shoe, a world-famously hyped but flawed new product that his boss informs him will lose $972 million and is "a disaster of mythic proportions, a folktale told to others that makes other people feel more alive because it didn't happen to them".
After he is fired, Drew's beautiful girlfriend Ellen breaks up with him. Drew goes to his apartment, defeated, and attempts to commit suicide (by modifying an exercise bike and attaching a kitchen knife with duct tape so he would be stabbed to death when activating the bike). His sister Heather phones at just that moment to tell Drew that their father has just died and he needs to go to Elizabethtown, Kentucky
, to bring the body back home.
At the airport, Drew's sister and mother tell him they wish to cremate his father's body. On a nearly empty plane, a quick-witted flight attendant, Claire, gives him a free seat in First Class. He declines but she insists because she doesn't want to have to walk all the way back to Coach just for him.
Claire, who is energetic, charming, and knows how to read people, starts pestering Drew to get to know him. She knows Kentucky well and draws him a map to Elizabethtown because the roads are... Read More