History Film / Elizabethtown

4th Jul '16 2:18:05 PM KYCubbie
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* TruthInTelevision: Despite some comments by people to the contrary, Claire's pronunciation of "Louisville" is accurate. It is commonly pronounced "Loo-uh-vuhl".

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* TruthInTelevision: Despite some comments by people to the contrary, Claire's pronunciation of "Louisville" is accurate. It is most commonly pronounced "Loo-uh-vuhl".
29th Jun '16 3:43:37 PM RaustBD
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Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is on top of the world. He just designed a shoe for a Nike {{Expy}}. It's expected to be a huge hit. His family is proud of him. He has a beautiful girlfriend (played by Jessica Biel). Obviously, it doesn't last. In fact, the audience doesn't even get to see any of his success, because the film opens with Drew's firing. His shoe bombed. It's being recalled, and the company is losing billions of dollars. Not millions. ''Billions''. His girlfriend dumps him. His career is flushed down the toilet. What's left? [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide, of course!]]

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Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is on top of the world. He just designed a shoe for a Nike {{Expy}}. It's expected to be a huge hit. His family is proud of him. He has a beautiful girlfriend (played by Jessica Biel). Obviously, it doesn't last. In fact, the audience doesn't even get to see any of his success, because the film opens with Drew's firing. His shoe bombed. It's being recalled, and the company is losing billions millions of dollars. Not millions. ''Billions''.[[RunningGag So many millions that you could round it off to a]] ''[[RunningGag Billion]]''. His girlfriend dumps him. His career is flushed down the toilet. What's left? [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide, of course!]]
9th May '16 6:04:28 PM AzureSeas
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* TruthInTelevision: Despite some comments by people to the contrary, Claire's pronunciation of "Louisville" is accurate. It is, in fact, pronounced "Loo-uh-vuhl", and anything else (especially "Loo-ee-vill") will get you labeled as a tourist or an outsider faster than anything else.
** Nope... "Loo-uh-vuhl" may be the most common local pronunciation, but "Loo-ee-vill" won't get you marked as a tourist or outsider. This troper is from Louisville, uses that pronunciation, and no one cares. What really marks you as an outsider is saying it with an "S" sound. The local tourism authority sells a T-shirt displaying four different pronunciations, all in common use and none using an "S" sound.

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* TruthInTelevision: Despite some comments by people to the contrary, Claire's pronunciation of "Louisville" is accurate. It is, in fact, is commonly pronounced "Loo-uh-vuhl", and anything else (especially "Loo-ee-vill") will get you labeled as a tourist or an outsider faster than anything else.
** Nope... "Loo-uh-vuhl" may be the most common local pronunciation, but "Loo-ee-vill" won't get you marked as a tourist or outsider. This troper is from Louisville, uses that pronunciation, and no one cares. What really marks you as an outsider is saying it with an "S" sound. The local tourism authority sells a T-shirt displaying four different pronunciations, all in common use and none using an "S" sound.
"Loo-uh-vuhl".
9th May '16 4:42:41 PM KYCubbie
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** Nope... "Loo-uh-vuhl" may be the most common local pronunciation, but "Loo-ee-vill" won't get you marked as a tourist or outsider. This troper is from Louisville, uses that pronunciation, and no one cares. What really marks you as an outsider is saying it with an "S" sound. The local tourism authority sells a T-shirt displaying four different pronunciations, all in common use and none using an "S" sound.
18th Sep '15 7:31:31 PM Berrenta
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* RoadMovie: The latter part of the movie develops into this.

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* RoadMovie: RoadTripPlot: The latter part of the movie develops into this.
14th Jun '15 6:01:00 AM eroock
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''Elizabethtown'' is a 2005 American romantic tragicomedy written and directed by Creator/CameronCrowe, starring Creator/OrlandoBloom and Creator/KirstenDunst.


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2nd May '14 9:26:47 AM CharlestonMan
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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The aforementioned A.V. Club review [[TropeNamer gave the trope its name]] in reference to Claire, describing her as "Dunst's [[{{Yandere}} psychotically chipper]] waitress in the sky".

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The aforementioned A.V. Club review [[TropeNamer gave the trope its name]] in reference to Claire, describing her as "Dunst's [[{{Yandere}} [[CuteAndPsycho psychotically chipper]] waitress in the sky".
27th Jan '14 8:16:33 AM urielzet
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-> ''"I think I've been asleep most of my life."''
-> ''"Me too."''

Drew Baylor is on top of the world. He just designed a shoe for a Nike-analogue. It's expected to be a huge hit. His family is proud of him. He has a beautiful girlfriend. Obviously, it doesn't last. In fact, the audience doesn't even get to see any of his success, because the film opens with Drew's firing. His shoe bombed. It's being recalled, and the company is losing billions of dollars. Not millions. ''Billions''. His girlfriend dumps him. His career is flushed down the toilet. What's left? [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide, of course!]]

But before he can off himself (though not before he's given away all his possessions on the street corner), he gets a call from his sister. His father has died while visiting his own parents in Kentucky. Both Drew's mom and his sister are far too emotional to deal with the situation. They call on him to arrange the funeral and cremation. So Drew's plans for suicide are put on hold as he flies off to Kentucky to meet with his family.

On the plane, Drew meets a quirky stewardess named Claire. Though he doesn't tell her his problems, she senses something is amiss and strikes up a conversation with him. They talk briefly on the plane, and she leaves him with her phone number. Drew thinks nothing of it until he actually gets to Elizabethtown, KY and has to deal with his family and his father's remains. In emotional turmoil, he reaches out to Claire and the two strike up a connection.

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-> '''Drew''': ''"I think I've been asleep most of my life."''
-> '''Claire''': ''"Me too."''

Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is on top of the world. He just designed a shoe for a Nike-analogue.Nike {{Expy}}. It's expected to be a huge hit. His family is proud of him. He has a beautiful girlfriend.girlfriend (played by Jessica Biel). Obviously, it doesn't last. In fact, the audience doesn't even get to see any of his success, because the film opens with Drew's firing. His shoe bombed. It's being recalled, and the company is losing billions of dollars. Not millions. ''Billions''. His girlfriend dumps him. His career is flushed down the toilet. What's left? [[DrivenToSuicide Suicide, of course!]]

But before he can off himself (though not before he's given away all his possessions on the street corner), he gets a call from his sister.sister (Judy Greer). His father has died while visiting his own parents in Kentucky. Both Drew's mom (Susan Sarandon) and his sister are far too emotional to deal with the situation. They call on him to arrange the funeral and cremation. So Drew's plans for suicide are put on hold as he flies off to Kentucky to meet with his family.

On the plane, Drew meets a quirky stewardess named Claire.Claire (Kirsten Dunst). Though he doesn't tell her his problems, she senses something is amiss and strikes up a conversation with him. They talk briefly on the plane, and she leaves him with her phone number. Drew thinks nothing of it until he actually gets to Elizabethtown, KY and has to deal with his family and his father's remains. In emotional turmoil, he reaches out to Claire and the two strike up a connection.



** In fact, the whole scene in which he plans his suicide is [[HilarityEnsues riotously]] [[PlayedForLaughs funny]] in a "Is this guy serious?" kind of way. Really, an ''exercise bike with a steak knife [[DuctTapeForEverything duct taped]] to it?''
* BrickJoke: "DID I MISS 60-B!?!?!" [[spoiler: Yes he did, and he finds it on the way OUT of Elizabethtown]]

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** SuicideAsComedy: In fact, the whole scene in which he plans his suicide is [[HilarityEnsues riotously]] [[PlayedForLaughs funny]] in a "Is this guy serious?" kind of way. Really, an ''exercise bike with a steak knife [[DuctTapeForEverything duct taped]] to it?''
* BrickJoke: "DID I MISS 60-B!?!?!" [[spoiler: Yes he did, and he finds it on the way OUT of Elizabethtown]]Elizabethtown]].



* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Drew and Claire are awfully close with each other, culminating in a one-night stand. When Drew wakes up to see Claire about to leave, he catches up to her and is about to tell her something. Instead of what Claire assumed was a confession of his love, she gets to hear all about Drew's problems instead.



* ExtremeDoormat: Claire describes herself as one with regards to her boyfriend Ben.



* FakeBand: Ruckus, played by Kentucky band My Morning Jacket.
* TheFunInFuneral: Or at the memorial, at least. Drew's mother took stand-up comedy lessons and proceeds to share funny anecdotes. Then the Lynyrd Skynnyrd tribute band strikes up a tune, only to send the whole place up in flames.

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* FakeBand: Ruckus, played by real-life Kentucky band My Morning Jacket.
* TheFunInFuneral: Or at the memorial, at least. Drew's mother took stand-up comedy lessons and proceeds to share funny anecdotes. Then the Lynyrd Skynnyrd Music/LynyrdSkynyrd tribute band strikes up a tune, only to send the whole place up in flames. flames.
** At the actual funeral, the mechanism used to lower Mitch's coffin (which contains only his blue suit, since he was already cremated) malfunctions for a bit, eliciting a chuckle from Drew's mom.



* HappyEnding:Yes.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Claire's off-screen boyfriend, [[spoiler:who probably doesn't even exist.]]
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: actually a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as an unexpected rainstorm hit the day had to shoot this scene, and director Cameron Crowe decided to shoot anyway since he thought it looked beautiful.
* InterruptedSuicide: Drew's, at the beginning of the film.

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* HappyEnding:Yes.
HappyEnding: Yes.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Claire's off-screen boyfriend, [[spoiler:who probably doesn't even exist.]]
exist]].
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: actually Actually a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as an unexpected rainstorm hit the day had to shoot this scene, and director Cameron Crowe decided to shoot anyway since he thought it looked beautiful.
* InterruptedSuicide: Drew's, at the beginning of the film.film, due to his sister calling him.



* {{Narrator}}: Drew.

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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: The poster for Ruckus's only live performance indicates their name at the very bottom-right corner. Jesse still brags about (almost) getting to play with "Lynyrd fuckin' Skynyrd... We never played, and we never played since."
* {{Narrator}}: Drew. Claire also includes some narration in the mix CD's she tells Drew to play on his road trip.



* RunningGag: The Kentucky Baylors think Drew's family is from California, when they're actually from Oregon.
* SceneryPorn: particularly towards the last half of the movie, while Drew takes his road trip.

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* RunningGag: The Kentucky Baylors think Drew's family is from California, when they're actually from Oregon.
Oregon. Drew himself makes the same mistake later in the film.
--> "And that's the decision from California! ...Shit. Oregon! We really are from Oregon!"
** Drew and his "last looks", Claire taking snapshots with her imaginary camera.
* SceneryPorn: particularly Particularly towards the last half of the movie, while Drew takes his road trip.




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* UnableToCry: Drew, for most of the movie, until he reminisces about his father in the middle of his road trip.
9th Dec '13 5:47:33 PM Scabbard
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* EpicFail - Oh yes, in fact the page quote does a decent job or describing the difference between this trope and a regular failure.

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* EpicFail - EpicFail: Oh yes, in fact the page quote does a decent job or describing the difference between this trope and a regular failure.
26th Sep '13 9:58:52 PM gallium
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The Food Network's Paula Deen -- as one of Drew's Kentucky relatives! (According to an interview for the Food Network ''Elizabethtown'' special, she was cast after Cameron Crowe caught the special episode of "Paula's Home Cooking" featuring former president Jimmy Carter.)
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