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Eat, Pray, Love

  • Nov 15, 2010
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On paper maybe this movie seems like a better idea. After all it did spend over 155 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. It is fantasy gone right and maybe that is the appeal of the story, we get to live out our desires through another. Bag that, I'd rather go on the trip myself.

Eat, Pray, Love is about Liz Glibert, who for no explicable reason other than not wanting to make cookies, decides to end her marriage. In order to find her balance she goes on a trip across the globe. What is never explained is that the advance she receives pays for her global frolic. Unless we all have people willing to pay for our self indulgent story we may have to be satisfied watching from the stadium seating.

This book has the feel of a Hollywood chick flick, especially the ending. So who better to play the lead role than the star of so many of them? Julia Roberts takes a woman who selfishly leaves her husband and indulges her every whim and makes the character loveable. Roberts still has enormous sex appeal and throughout the movie I couldn't think of a time she looked better. Even with the loud duck like sounds that exit her mouth every time she laughs I still can't help but feel smitten.

While in New York she falls in love with a charming struggling actor whose performance makes people walk out. Who better to cast than James Franco. Surprise surprise, Liz has the same problems with the young guy as she does in her married life. Mike O'Malley and Viola Davis do their best to support our protagonist during this difficult time and their devotion seems genuine. It’s a shame Franco got more screen time than both of them. Well anyway Roberts is tired of it all and decides to run away from all her problems.

Her stay in Italy is the most well done. It may just be easier for Ryan Murphy (co-creator of mega hit Glee) to understand and accentuate this culture more than the others. He has a wonderful segment about Italians talking with their hands and does what is more or less food porn. Do not go to this movie hungry, the most carefully crafted shots in this movie may very well be the shots of food, from the plate of spaghetti, to pizza from Naples, and cheese oozing out of her meal. If that wasn't enough it also comes with a two part thanksgiving dinner. Which is nothing compared to the Del Greco Easter dinner but certainly up there.

The movie then gets bogged down in India where Julia/Liz tries to find her spiritual center and learn the proper way to meditate. Meditation is the action of clearing your mind so it takes a while for anyone to master. Unfortunately that is a lot of screen time devoted to the art of doing nothing which weighs down the 140 minute movie even more. The saving grace of this segment is Richard Jenkins, who plays Richard from Texas, a man who speaks in bumper stickers. His tough treatment and hard life lessons is probably meant to be more endearing in the book, but I liked the character, most likely because I speak fluent asshole.

Then we reach Bali, where she reconnects with the medicine man whose message puts her on this journey in the first place. The toothless medicine man is just as charming as Javier Bardem who is responsible for the love portion of this book.


I really had problems with this relationship as it seems to happen so quick. In the book the words take time to sink in, we can place the book down, let the connections sink in and last a little longer until the next passage. There is no time to let the romance sink in. Also most of the movie is devoted to finding balance for yourself. One of the listed reasons she goes on this trip is she is tired of being identified as part of a relationship. Then in true Hollywood hokum style we see the only way for our Julia Roberts lead to find happiness is through a man. So much for self identification.


The movie in as enjoyable as hearing about a friend’s vacation. All I really wanted to hear was good. Instead I get a story about the most wonderful food ever experienced in a city of unbridled passion, and then a trip to clear my mind of all the clutter that possessed it before, and finally they find a foreign piece of ass with which they had so much sex they started to develop a bladder infection. And then after it all they ask me how is work? Bitch. C

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November 19, 2010
I enjoyed this review very much -- love your sense of humor!
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review by . August 14, 2010
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Isn't it nice to have the time, the resources, and the money to be able to travel the world and rediscover life, love, and spirituality? We should all be as lucky as Elizabeth Gilbert. Her memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia," has sold millions, been on the "New York Times" Best Seller list for 158 weeks, and touched the lives of thousands. One of them was Oprah Winfrey, who devoted two whole episodes of her show to the book. I admit that …
review by . August 21, 2010
Liz is unhappy.  And that takes some doing, considering she has a handsome husband, an exciting job as a writer, and plenty of money.  But feeling bored and unfulfilled, she leaves her husband to eat, pray, and love her way around the world, spending time in Italy, India, and Bali.    I couldn't relate to Liz (Julia Roberts) at all.  She was miserable having a life most people dream about.  Her search for "balance" consisted of a series of love …
review by . April 13, 2011
   I've not read the wildly popular memoir so I can't compare the movie to Elizabeth Gilbert's book.      The film finds Liz, Julia Roberts, in a crisis of self. As in she doesn't know who she is -- she lives as an extension of of the man in her life and is dissatisfied. She receives a prophecy about her life and marriage. This prophecy winds its way under her skin and she festers with discontent.      What results is a slow discovery …
Quick Tip by . April 21, 2011
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Normally I loathe films based on "an inspirational true story", nor do I consider myself a Julia Roberts fan, and I typically don't care for romantic comedies... so, I'm asking myself why I kind of liked this. Perhaps it was the exotic locales depicted in the film (Italy, India, and Bali), or perhaps it was the combination of dialogue about food and meditation, or perhaps I'm just turning into a pathetic softie and losing all sense of objectivity in my evaluation of movies. …
review by . August 27, 2010
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Whether or not "Eat, Pray, Love" adequately represents the bestselling memoir of the same name (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia) by author Liz Gilbert or not doesn't really matter. Is it the fault of the filmmaker or the writer when the piece attempts to hit the side-of-the-barn of greater meaning and just barely skims the surface?    "Eat, Pray, Love: the Phenomenon" recounts the year long journey of writer Liz Gilbert as …
Quick Tip by . January 03, 2011
Just as annoying as the book - even Julia Roberts couldn't save this story from feeling like we're hearing the self indulgent ramblings of an over-privileged woman with some "rich people problems". Blech.
Quick Tip by . August 17, 2010
Hated the book, but JR is a favorite, so I'll probably see this when it comes to Netflix.
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  • A woman who once made it her goal in life to marry and rear a family finds her priorities suddenly shifting in director Ryan Murphy's adaptation of author Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. In the eyes of many, Gilbert was a woman who had it all -- a loving husband, a great apartment, and a weekend home -- but sometimes one realizes too little too late that they haven't gotten what they truly wanted from life. On the heels of a painful divorce, the woman who had previously looked forward to a contented life of domesticated bliss sets out to explore the world and seek out her true destiny. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner produce a film starring Julia Roberts.
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    Director: Ryan Murphy
    Genre: Drama, Romance
    Release Date: August 13, 2010
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Screen Writer: Jennifer Salt, Ryan Murphy
    DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
    Runtime: 133 minutes
    Studio: Columbia Pictures
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