Elizabethtown (Movie): A Different Perspective

Series:  Watching Movies  from a Different Perspective

When I first watched Elizabethtown, it was just another romantic comedy with actors I enjoy.   As described on IMBD: “During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.”

The next time I saw it, I focused on  a different perspective: how to help someone in deep emotional trouble.  As stated on Amazon Prime, “Drew Baylor, a hot-shot designer whose life becomes completely unraveled on one fateful day. En route to Elizabethtown, Drew meets Claire. She’s beautiful, and she has decided to be just the gal to guide Drew on his journey back home.”

Each time I watched it (six times, so far) I saw something different.  Perhaps this is why Rotten Tomatoes posted this “Critics Consensus” – stating that “This story of a floundering shoe designer who returns home for a family tragedy gets lost in undeveloped plot lines and lackluster performances.”

But I never read critics’ reviews.  Under deadline to review the current film, sometimes before it comes out, critics have become jaded judges who miss the jewels, whereas film buffs have the luxury of revisiting films as many times as they like.

I watched Elizabethtown again this week, this time to share the journey of someone who not only failed, but whose failure was a fiasco!   Misery loves company.  I laughed all the way through it; the film saved me.  And I know I’ll watch it again because it is so rich with “life lessons”.

Other Reasons to Watch Elizabethtown

Share Drew’s experience of the perfect woman even when he feels like such a failure. Perhaps you want to manifest a female partner and are seeking help listing traits so you can visualize already having her in your life.

Learn how to be that perfect female partner, by studying Claire’s behavior, and then model it: “act as if”. She noticed how depressed he was when he boarded the plane where she worked as a stewardess.  Later, beat up by his fiasco, his strength to continue was waning in the funeral fire between mom and relatives…until she stepped in and said, “I’m taking over.”

Learn a way of digging yourself out of the pit when you believe you’re a total failure. Focus on Drew’s behavior in all situations, including his trip back home.

Enjoy a creative way of celebrating a life well-lived. Schooled by the man who was her exact opposite, she (Drew’s mom) follows his lead in her mourning.

Learn more about your family in context and how to be a part of that by noting how Drew interacts with his when his sister called and said, “You have to handle this…You’re the responsible one!”

Focusing on a different perspective is illuminating!


Till next time,

Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~Tzaddi


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