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Eat Pray Love (2010)

Duration2h 13mRating (UK)PG
Source of storyA book of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert
DirectorRyan Murphy
Writers/ScriptRyan Murphy, Jennifer Salt
StarringJulia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem,

Elevator Pitch: Thirty-something journalist Elizabeth Gilbert gives up on an unsatisfactory marriage, and then on an unsatisfactory love affair and embarks on a voyage of discovery, going to Italy where she learns about food, to an ashram in India, where she learns about meditation and prayer, and possibly self belief, and then Bali where she accidentally falls in love with a Brazilian businessman.

Content: Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert sails serenely through the events of the film, luckily, within moments of arriving in Naples, falling in with a group of food aficionados, before moving on the India where she in one of a group meditating and making friends and then travelling on to Bali where she takes up residence in a straw roofed hut and cycles about, before being run down by Javier Bardem. It only took a year.

A View: The book was very popular, although I have had a lot of fun reading the negative reviews. However success for the movie was virtually guaranteed and it made money. The critics did not favour it, and I can hardly do better than Mark Kermode’s comment “Eat Pray Love…Vomit”. It is a narrative, but hardly a story, and most of us will be irritated by both Liz Gilbert’s luck and her failure to acknowledge it. It might have worked better had the main character been someone less serene that Julia Roberts – say Jennifer Aniston. But in the end you could allow it to play while doing your knitting.

Additional Info:  In the PR for the film Sony Pictures said “Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery.”

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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