Note: This review was contributed by James Rocchi.
Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is a tastemaker who’s made a mistake, a sneaker designer whose recent innovation, a shoe with a stingray-inspired sidewing, has landed in the marketplace with a resounding thud. The resulting recall is going to cost his employer about 972 million dollars; in fact, as his CEO Phil (Alec Baldwin, plastic and dry) notes, “You could round it up to a billion dollars.” Phil convinces Drew to fall on his sword – metaphorically – for the media, taking all blame in an interview that’ll hit the stands in about a week. Drew goes home to fall on his sword literally, rigging up a kitchen knife to an exercycle so the blade will be plunged into his heart with motorized power. Just before he’s about to activate his suicide plan, the phone rings. It’s his sister. Their father is dead.
Drew is dispatched to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to pick up dad’s remains and head back to Oregon where sis Heather (Judy Greer) and mom Hollie (Susan Sarandon) await; then, he can get back to killing himself like he planned. But he meets a plucky flight attendant on his red eye flight, Claire (Kirsten Dunst), and maybe life isn’t that bad. …
Life may not be that bad, but this movie is.