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Eat Pray Love Movie Review

By August 13, 2010

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I'm totally confused. If Eat Pray Love the movie is a faithful adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir, then why did it ever make it onto the bestsellers list? And if it's not a faithful adaptation, why isn't it? Was something lost in translation or was the source material not as strong as book sales would have us believe? The Liz Gilbert in the film version of Eat Pray Love is one of the least compelling, least interesting women we've seen as the lead figure of a movie in recent memory, and I can't figure out why women in particular are so in love with this character. Read On...
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August 14, 2010 at 11:46 am
(1) WhiteFluffyIcing says:

The movie did not even come CLOSE to doing the book justice. (Although Javier Bardem was delicious.)

August 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(2) Olavo says:

The movie was horrible. It was a very boring, slow and never ending movie.

August 17, 2010 at 11:27 am
(3) Emme says:

EAT pray love was a good movie. It made me cry a bit. I enjoyed it. Because I envisioned myself as her visiting different countries to find myself. To each their own. I really like it but the book is so much better

August 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(4) Helen says:

I thought it was a very long and boring movie. The only thing good about this move may have been the scenery. This is one of Julia Roberts’ worse movies…..very Dull!

August 20, 2010 at 12:52 am
(5) Ella says:

About “Eat, Pray, Love”. I had high hopes for the movie based upon the book’s top reviews (which I never did read). But all that I can say is that nothing in the movie saved it from itself. After the first 10 minutes, the main character, Liz, (whom Julia plays) comes off as a selfish female focused only upon herself. Never mind that her husband loves her, does not want the divorce, has not cheated on her, and the only thing Liz can come up with as a reason for them to divorce is that they have grown apart. Jeepers, wouldn’t we all want to move on when we get a little bored with our significant other?

She immediately falls into the bed of a 28 year old before she divorces, but figures out 2 minutes (I mean 2 weeks) later that they are not as passionate anymore, so off to Italy she flies in search of her self. Good for her, but pity Italy. Though the scenes from the streets, cafes, and restaurants in Rome are nostalgic (I kept thinking of the Gabbyandy), there is no great, Italian scenery to thrill the traveling heart….OK, maybe a couple of 2 second clips in Tuscany, but that’s it.

In Italy, she drinks lots of wine, indulges in plates of spaghetti, and learns that life is about really living in the moment and loving yourself (oh brother).

After 3 months of self indulgence in Italy, she’s off to a compound in Calcutta in search of the Guru who will bring her peace. There she learns that through scrubbing floors on her hands and knees, attending early morning prayers to the Guru, and befriending a rough-edged ex pat from Texas who is also there to worship the Guru, that love and God are within yourself (yawn).

And finally (thank God, because all this shallow soul searching is getting tedious) she leaves India for Bali to meditate at the feet of a medicine man and ends up in bed with the Brazilian ex pat who now calls Bali his home and whom she later marries (not in the movie). And if one thinks that finally, she has now found true love and inner peace, the poor Brazilian schmuck who seduces her falls very hard for her and wants her to spend the rest of her life with him. But oh no, after weeks of nothing but constant sex with several seconds of coming up for air, she leaves him in tears on the beach because the thought of commitment is so scary to her. Instead, she must go back to the medicine man to inquire, and decides to leave Bali for good and return to the States. Two hours before her plane is scheduled to leave, (yup, we can all see what is coming), she suddenly realizes that she has found true love and runs down to the beach to meet Brazilian sex hunk and they sail off on a boat out into the sunset (or something like that).

Poor Liz……I kept thinking the whole way through the movie until the final second (and it took 2 1/2 hours of plodding through the muck to get there) that all that she really needed was Jesus.

So that’s my summary of a very self indulgent, spiritually empty, and dull woman who has somehow written about her shallow existence and search for meaning in such a way that it became a best selling book and now a movie. Go figure.

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