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A young man in need of a fresh start gets one under highly unexpected circumstances in this emotionally resonant comedy drama from writer and director Cameron Crowe. Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is considered the big success story in his family, having moved away from the small Kentucky town where he was born to California, where he works as a designer for Mercury, the nation's biggest athletic shoe company. But success has begun to elude Drew -- his most recent design was a resounding flop that has cost him his job, and his girlfriend, Ellen (Jessica Biel), has given him his walking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The hero's nuclear family and kooky rural relatives are so sketchily conceived that none of the intended comedy works, and the balance of the movie is given over to one of Crowe's sugary romances."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The entire enterprise smacks of wish-fulfilment provoked by middle-age male guilt. Uplifting, it most certainly ain't."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Much maligned but surprisingly entertaining..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though Dunst is a saving grace, it's an awfully clunky, self-indulgent little heap of garbage."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A meandering mood piece, with no tension, no chemistry, no character development, no plot and no point."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"So curious, and such a disappointment."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The film's problems lie with the lack of spark between a wired Dunst and a bland Bloom."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's the fashion today for interpersonal dramas to go for bathos and high-stakes emotional conflict as characters cry out their darkest secrets to each other ... but director Cameron Crowe has taken a different tack."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Orlando Bloom gives a typically abysmal performance as a man-boy who doesn't know if he's old enough to shave yet."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The performances are solid . . . but it's Kentucky that really steals the show. Crowe paints the eccentricity of the locals with an affectionate brush."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Crowe's capable of much better than this; let's hope he gets back on track with the next one."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Leaves one adrift on a raft of morose questions. How could this vacuous movie have got made? Didn't anyone at Paramount, which paid for the film, read the script? And also: What in the world has happened to Cameron Crowe?"
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Heartfelt and intolerable"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Awash with sentimentality, this meandering tale falls way short of Crowe's usual standards."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Embaraçosamente infantil, o filme ainda deixa claro que, além da falta de carisma, Bloom é um ator inexpressivo que não possui o menor timing cômico."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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