-2005 American comedy-drama directed by Cameron Crowe
-Stars Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst
Did You Know?
-Cook Paula Deen made her film debut as Aunt Dora
-When the premier for this movie was being held, the only one not present right at first was Orlando Bloom. He had missed his connecting flight from London and was late. He made it up to the fans by signing autographs
-On Jesse's wall is a text reading ear-x-tacy. Ear-X-Tacy is Louisville's biggest independently owned record store.
-Drew Baylor(Bloom) is the owner and designer of a new shoe called Spasmodica, which is hyped about, but still with flaws becauase his boss tells him they will lose $972 million on it. After he is fired, his girlfriend Ellen(Jessica Biel) nreaks up with him. Drew goes to his apartment, attempting to commit suicide. His sister Heather phones him at the exact time just to tell him their father died and he needs to come to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to bring the body home.
-Members of his family greet him as "California Boy", although his family had only lived in Californai for 18 months before moving to Oregon. After seeing his father's body, he meets his relatives at his Aunt Dora's house, coming to the realization he has family in the middle of nowhere Kentucky.
-Drew meets his family near the burial plot where they are interring their father. Drew insists on honoring his mother's wish for a cremation. He returns to the hotel, dead tired. Clair surprises him and takes him out all day to explore the town he's in, starting by helping him pick out an urn for his father. He is clearly attracted to her, and she is to him and she claims to have a boyfriend married to his career
-Later on, Drew spends time at his Aunt Dora's house and sees a photo of his father near a flame from the stove. He regrets his choice of cremation and runs to the mortuary to stop it but arrives too late and is given an urn with his father's ashes inside. Drew returns to the hotel to find Claire there. They start talking and find they are not right for each other. They kiss and spend the night together. The next morning, Claire wakes up before him and takes an imaginary photo of him in bed with no clothes on. He tells her how he is a failure and how he does not want to live anymore. She makes the failure seem like something as little as a scraped knee. He seems unable to take any opportunity given to him and she makes him a promise to be at his father's memorial.
-Claire's map is very complex, with instructions, CDs, guiding him "Home." There are notes of places along the way recommended to visit. At each one, he spreads a little of his dad's ashes. During the trip, Drew comes to terms with his dad and begins having a spiritual conversation with the urn, stating they should have done this years ago. The directions finally lead him to a point where he has two choices: to continue home or finish the journey Claire laid out. He chooses her route.
-He is then told to go to the "Second Largest Farmer's Market in The World". There is a note telling him to "look for a girl in a red hat." He searches desparately and ends up finding the girl, who turns out to be Claire. The movie ends with them kissing