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Still shot from the movie: Elizabethtown.


After being fired, facing the prospect of public humiliation, and losing his father all on the same day, Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) can't think of one good reason to live. Then, en-route to Elizabethtown to straighten out the funeral arrangements, he meets an overly-optimistic flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst ) who just might be capable of changing his mind. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 123
Theater Release: 13 Oct 2005
Video Release: 07 Feb 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Claire describes herself as a substitute person. What does she mean? Do you believe she extends this same kind of compassion and concern to everyone she meets, or do you think Drew’s good looks may have played a part in her attentive interest?

Why do you think Drew is willing to tell Claire things he has been unable to share with his girlfriend, sister or mother? Are the characteristics the flight attendant possesses worthy of emulation?

After the fiasco, Drew concludes, “Success—not greatness—is the only God the entire world serves.” What is the difference between the two? Considering the risk involved, why would anyone try to achieve either? What things are worth working and sacrificing for?

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