Here are some movies I have watched, and my crappy reviews of them.

“I know my reviews are more summaries than reviews, but it’s my blog so there….”

elizabethtownElizabethtown (2005)

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, and Alec Baldwin

This is a movie about Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom). Drew was hired by a large company to develop the next best shoe. He almost did that, but the shoe ends up being recalled costing the company close to a billion dollars, and his job. The same day he is fired, his sister calls to tell him that his father died in a small town in Kentucky. Now Drew is forced to go pick up his father’s remains, because his mother (Susan Sarandon) is acting REALLY weird, and his sister is freaking out over her sudden weirdness. So left without a choice, he flies back to Kentucky where he meets all of his very southern relatives (one very appropriately and well-played by Paula Dean). During his flight he is relentlessly pestered by a flight attendant (played by Kirsten Dunst). She gives him the wrong directions to where he needed to go, never shut up for a second during, and after the flight was over proceeded to yell to him across the terminal. Drew’s extended family doesn’t know he has been sacked from his job, so they are under the impression he is some sort of corporate big shot which makes Drew hate his situation even more. On top of everything, Drew’s girlfriend dumps him, because he isn’t successful anymore. Basically Drew’s life has turned to shit, but just before he gets to the point where he’d rather chew on a pistol, he hits it off with (Kirsten Dunst Of course they end up hitting it off). She gets his mind straight, settles everything with his family, and decided to go on a road trip with his father’s cremated remains. Yadda yadda yadda, we have a happy ending.

Honestly, as soon as the Kirsten Dunst character entered the movie I wanted to hate it really, really bad. She drove me bat shit with her annoying inability to not get a clue to leave someone alone. Only later did she redeem herself by telling Drew that she knew he was a mess, and someone had died, so she didn’t want him to be alone during the flight. She then does a lot of really thoughtful things that pull him around. She does some even more redeeming things for Drew’s drive back home. I will admit that the way her character first appeared almost made me turn the movie off, but then I started getting into the story, and couldn’t turn it off. Drew is just a guy who had things in the bag, but stumbled. He was having trouble adjusting to his new predicament, and a perfect (and of course good-looking) person when out of her way to make him feel better. I watched it again just so the irritating plane scene didn’t sneak up on me, and liked the story. The characters were all right (even Paula Dean) which made the story believable. Sometimes I get irritated at happy endings, but this one didn’t bother me as much. If you are looking for a good life movie then I would recommend this one to you. Not to sappy, not to funny. Kind of pleasantly right down the middle. I don’t see it as being meant to be funny, because the subject is kind of messed up, and sad at first, but it gets better.

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