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[[caption-width-right:290:Look for the girl in the red hat.]]
-> ''"There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is merely the absence of success. Any fool can achieve failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of epic proportions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to others to make other people feel more alive because it didn't happen to them."''

-> '''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 {{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!]]

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 (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 (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.

The movie is supposedly based on director Cameron Crowe's own life. It stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst as the two romantic leads, with notable appearances by Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, and Jessica Biel. It also, rather oddly, features Creator/FoodNetwork TV chef Paula Deen as Orlando Bloom's character's aunt.
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!!The film provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Claire Colburn.
* BetaCouple: Chuck and Cindy, arguably.
* BlackComedy: The jokes and references to suicide drift into this territory.
--> "...and get back on that bike!"
** 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]].
* BoyMeetsGirl
* CatchPhrase: "Chuck and Cindy. Loving life, loving you!"
* 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.
* DeathTrap: Notably, Drew builds one of these for himself, out of an exercise bike and a large steak knife. And [[DuctTapeForEverything duct tape.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[PlayedForLaughs Drew at the start of the film.]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: Most of the dysfunction comes from the extended family towards the "California Baylors" (though they're really from Oregon).
** Also, there's a side plot about father-son relationships in the family. It's a reoccurring theme.
* EccentricTownsfolk: And most of them are related to Drew!
* EpicFail: Oh yes, in fact the page quote does a decent job or describing the difference between this trope and a regular failure.
** As it happened, this movie bombed at the box office, and was the [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/my-year-of-flops-case-file-1-elizabethtown-the-bat,15577/ very first film examined]] in Nathan Rabin's ongoing series of columns for ''TheOnion'' A.V. Club, "My Year of Flops". It also helped Rabin define his rating system for the films: Secret Success, Failure, and Fiasco, with ''Elizabethtown'' being the first to fall in the latter category.
** It should be noted that upon returning to the film for a second viewing, Nathan Rabin actually fell in love with it, and recorded this as the final article in "My Year of Flops" when he published it as a book.
* ExtremeDoormat: Claire describes herself as one with regards to her boyfriend Ben.
* FakeAmerican: Orlando Bloom is British.
* 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 Music/LynyrdSkynyrd tribute band strikes up a tune, only to send the whole place up in 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.
* GoodOlBoy: Most of the Kentucky Baylor clan.
* 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, due to his sister calling him.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The aforementioned A.V. Club review [[TropeNamer gave the trope its name]] in reference to Claire, describing her as "Dunst's [[CuteAndPsycho psychotically chipper]] waitress in the sky".
* 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.
* QuirkyTown: Elizabethtown itself to an extent.
* RoadMovie: The latter part of the movie develops into this.
* RunningGag: The Kentucky Baylors think Drew's family is from California, when they're actually from 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 towards the last half of the movie, while Drew takes his road trip.
* SouthernBelle: Claire.
* 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.
* UnableToCry: Drew, for most of the movie, until he reminisces about his father in the middle of his road trip.
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