Untitled Document Cameron Crowe has blessed us with a brilliant film about a road trip (Almost Famous) and a similarly inspired movie about a guy who crashes and burns before grandly bouncing back (Jerry Maguire).

So you figure he must know what he’s doing with Elizabethtown, which is about a guy (Orlando Bloom) who crashes and burns before bouncing back on a road trip. And you see the first few scenes, which are fantastic, and you’d bet the farm on the 100 minutes that remain. But a funny thing happens between the first act and the final curtain.

There’s a good idea here and a great scene there, but Elizabethtown ultimately feels less like a movie and more like a case of a good writer purging a notebook of disconnected ideas and making very little effort to clean up the resulting mess. The pieces are there, but there’s too many of them, and they don’t fit together well at all. Kirsten Dunst and Susan Sarandon also star.

Extras: Two behind-the-scenes features, extended scenes, gallery.

Grade: B-