Genre: Love among the yuppies.
The pitch: In Cameron Crowe's latest star-studded romance, Claire (Kirsten Dunst), a quirky flight attendant, romances and inspires Drew (Orlando Bloom), a disgraced athletic shoe designer visiting small-town Kentucky for his father's funeral.
Money shots: Drew turns his exercise bike into a suicide machine, but doesn't get a chance to use it. The bustling, amusing family reunion will strike a chord with anyone who has kin in the South. A hilariously tacky wedding party overruns Drew's hotel. His father's memorial service culminates with a live rendition of "Free Bird" and a comedic fire. Plus two nice montages: Drew and Claire having their first "date" via an all-night phone chat, and Drew taking a cross-country road trip.
Best line: "My global environmental watchdog group will have to go," says Alec Baldwin as a visionary CEO facing a $900 million loss. Inspired by Nike Chairman Phil Knight, the early corporate satire provides the film's sharpest moments.
Worst line: "I'm impossible to forget but difficult to remember," one of Claire's countless mannered remarks meant to make her a cute free spirit.
Hit single: The soundtrack practically overflows with cool songs, both new (Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up") and old (The Hombre's "Let It Out"). Former Heart singer -- and Crowe's wife -- Nancy Wilson provides "60B" and numerous other tunes. Nepotism, much?
Pop references: Audrey Hepburn's Roman Holiday plays on a hotel TV. Susan Sarandon, as the hyperactive widow, completes an endless eulogy by doing a tap dance to "Moon River," Hepburn's signature tune from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Product placement: Drew's Samsung cell phone literally saves his life. If you somehow forgot that KFC's Colonel Sanders came from Kentucky, the film will remind you. Repeatedly.
The bottom line: Like Crowe's Jerry Maguire, Elizabethtown offers an offbeat romance that redeems a young yuppie's misplaced values. The love story, corporate spoof and family/funeral material never hang together, and instead Crowe falls back on long close-ups of pretty actors looking at the camera. The great music makes Elizabethtown feel like Crowe's latest awesome mix tape -- with a movie around it. Opens Fri., Oct. 14.