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Elizabethtown: Cameron Crowe reflects on the film 10 years later

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Neal Preston

During the height of Orlando Bloom mania, the actor starred in Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown, a movie about a sneaker designer who flames out in spectacular fashion and then meets a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst) while traveling to his dad’s funeral.

Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, and Judy Greer also appeared in the romantic comedy, which was released on Oct. 14, 2005. Paula Deen can also thank Crowe for her single acting credit: The chef played Bloom’s aunt on the silver screen.

Elizabethtown, a movie about recovering from failure, was a notorious miss itself; despite earning $52 million worldwide, it’s one of Crowe’s biggest critical disappointments. (Dunst’s character, meanwhile, is credited with spawning the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl.) But like so many other cult movies, it found an audience that understood its antithetic tragedy and hope. “I’d like to dedicate this anniversary to the fans who have found this movie over the years and reached out to say they understood it,” Crowe wrote on his website Wednesday.

The director continued to pay homage to 10 years of Elizabethtown by recalling the story’s origins and shouting out those involved with making the film. “Elizabethtown was a movie written for my father, and the Kentucky side of our family,” he explained. “The great cinematographer John Toll dug deep to capture the warmth of that Cicada-filled summer we spent in and around Louisville. The My Morning Jacket boys showed us the ropes, and filled the set with music and laughs.”

My Morning Jacket was featured on the film’s soundtrack, alongside Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, and Elton John.

The man behind Jerry Macguire and Almost Famous added that the movie was made with “a lot of love.”

“It’s a tip of the hat to tradition, to family heroes,” Cameron wrote, “and to those roller-coaster summers when life shows itself in all its indelible pain and glory.”

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