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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Roger Ebert published a reader letter that puts forward the theory that Claire is an angel sent to save Drew from self-destruction, who chooses to leave Heaven to stay on Earth with him.
  • Awesome Music: It's a Cameron Crowe movie.
    • "My Father's Gun" by Elton John, which plays after Drew's botched suicide attempt, as well as in the middle of his road trip.
    • "This Time Around" by IO, when Drew reminisces about his father before setting out for Elizabethtown.
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    • Ruckus's rendition of "Freebird" at Mitch's memorial service. Not even a raging fire with the sprinklers at full-blast stops the band from Epic Rocking.
    • Most of the songs on Claire's mix CD's.
  • Critical Dissonance: Only has a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's well-loved by fans, despite the box office failure.
  • Franchise Original Sin: According to Nathan Rabin, the films of Cameron Crowe (such has Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire) have the exact same issues as Elizabethtown (Nothing but Hits soundtrack, character that undergoes great disaster and spends the rest of the movie finding himself, etc), but this is the movie in which it really hit overkill levels of glurge (Rabin's analysis' title, "The Bataan Death March of Whimsy", says it all) and audiences finally felt that Crowe's Signature Style Tastes Like Diabetes.
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  • One-Scene Wonder: Alec Baldwin as Drew's boss Phil who can't seem to decide if he wants to make Drew feel better or worse about his failure.


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