February 23, 2009

Movie Monday

{Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual references}

This movie is an interesting twist of a comedic, romantic drama with the plot circling around Drew (played by Orlando Bloom) and the beautiful tragedies of this life. 'Married' to his job, he finds himself wallowing in the failure of a beloved design to then only learn of his father's passing. The story unfolds with him traveling to Elizabethtown to organize the funeral--- and all the wonderful people and family he encounters on the way. Whimsical at times and humorous when you least expect it- this movie is a reminder that life is short; full of love and heartache, personal failures and triumphs - always to be treasured. Also starring Susan Sarandon (Mother), Judy Greer (Sister), Kirsten Dunst (quirky & insightful flight attendant) and Paula Deen (yes, THAT Paula Deen!)


I don't want to give too much away about the movie... but there is an epic road trip! During the travels (perhaps my favorite part of the movie) Drew discovers the beauty of America. A few locations include the Dinosaur Park in Arkansas, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and the Arcade Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee.


Rich in history this cafe (claimed in the movie as having the 'World's Greatest Chili') is on my list of must eats. {that is a long list & and several posts all in itself} It opened it's door in 1919 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arcade has been the backdrop in many more movies including The Client and Great Balls of Fire.

So....

  1. Plan a road trip! Brainstorm places and landmarks you have always wanted to visit and set out on a journey! .....OR......
  2. Cook a big pot of chili, fried up some chicken and grab some mashed potatoes, brown gravy, creamy home-made mac'n'cheese and your favorite cobbler with vanilla ice cream - and set back with Elizabethtown.

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1 comment:

Saucy said...

I should watch this movie again, I think it sort of bored me at the time. Maybe my head wasn't in the right spot or I just didn't get it. Normally I very much enjoy Miss Dunst.