08 September 2011
9 Movies You Really Should've Seen By Now If You Want To Consider Yourself A Grown Person: Elizabethtown
the thing about elizabethtown is you're either going to love it or you're going to hate it with the fire of a million suns. which is why you need to see it if you want to consider yourself a grown person- because, as a grown person, it's important to know where you stand.
i love elizabethtown because it is the great longing of my heart for someone to make me a mix tape and companion coffee table book and, according to elizabethtown, there are people who do this. fictional people, but people nonetheless.
elizabethtown is of a genre that i'll call "southern living lite." it's not the greatest movie ever made nor is it the greatest film set in the south, but it captures a bit of the southern essence. when drew baylor gets out of the car in kentucky, you can hear the bugs and feel the heat. such details are key. but elizabethtown is also mainstream enough that it can be understood by people who are not from the south and maybe even by people who've never been.
the contrast would be robert altman's masterpiece cookie's fortune, a stunning film i would encourage everyone living to watch were it not for the fact that it's of such sublimely acute southern humor that for it to be even remotely comprehensible you have to have lived in mississippi for a minimum of eight months.
i saw cookie's fortune before college and wondered, "what the hell is this mess?" seeing it after graduation, my response was, "oh, that is LIFE."
so my argument for elizabethtown is that you should see it because you can't handle cookie's fortune, which is, admittedly, shoddy logic (that might, dare i hope, have the side-effect of getting you to watch both?!?!).
in it's favor, elizabethtown co-stars alec baldwin. and contains the oft-cited catch-phrases "the substitute people" and "chuck and cindy: The Wedding" and "if it wasn't this, it'd be something else." so watch it. it's two and a half hours of your life you'll never get back and you'll either love it or hate it with the fire of a million suns, but at least you'll know where you stand. (and did i mention cookie's fortune? MASTERPIECE!!!)
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