IT’S A HECK OF A PLACE TO FIND YOURSELF.
Terminated shoe designer Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) goes to Kentucky to bury his father; in this time of crisis, he stays in touch with a perky flight attendant (Kirsten Dunst). It’s obvious that director Cameron Crowe is emotionally invested in this story, but somehow he doesn’t get through to his audience. There’s several sequences where we’re supposed to shed a tear, but we won’t because Bloom’s character isn’t gripping enough and neither is the cute love affair. The actors are good, but there’s a sense of contrivance about the whole thing.
2005-U.S. 123 min. Color. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Cast: Orlando Bloom (Drew Baylor), Kirsten Dunst (Claire Colburn), Susan Sarandon (Hollie Baylor), Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill, Judy Greer… Jessica Biel.
Trivia: Co-produced by Tom Cruise. Jane Fonda was allegedly considered for the part of Hollie; Ashton Kutcher for Drew.