“Ruin is a gift; it’s a road to transformation.” – Liz Gilbert
The Good: This movie provides a good message to women of all ages.
The Bad: A slow moving story that makes the main character appear egotistical.
The Truth: Many people suffer a ‘mid life crisis’ at some point in their lives. They begin to question if they are on the right path. Some choose to do nothing while others decide to make a change. Eat Pray Love begins with Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) facing this reality. She travels to Indonesia for guidance in her life. A man provides information that she takes home to apply to her life and marriage. Liz comes to the difficult conclusion that her marriage to Stephen (Billy Crudup) is just not working. Her best friend Delia (Viola Davis) offers support and advice while she deals with these issues. Liz later feels affection for a young actor named David (James Franco). Even with this budding romance, she finds that there is still something lacking in her life. The difficulties with her marriage and sense of emptiness lead her to make another tough decision. Liz will leave everything she knows to travel the world for one year. She fears the unknown but needs find what is missing in her life.
Liz first travels to Italy. She befriends people along the way who help her get acclimated to the language and customs. They show her that some things should not be taken so seriously. One claims that life is the sweetness of doing nothing. She learns to appreciate life more. Next, she goes to India where she meets Richard (Richard Jenkins). He helps her learn how to pray by forgiving herself and letting go. Afterwards, Liz travels to Indonesia. She practices prayer and finally finds herself. The many lessons she has learned will be put to the test when she finds Felipe (Javier Bardem). Liz must face her fears in order to allow true love in.
Eat Pray Love is a decent movie with a few laughs sprinkled throughout. The focus of this film is the journey Liz takes literally and figuratively to find herself. It promotes self love in order to find true happiness. Unfortunately, it does so at a very slow pace. The film also makes Liz seem selfish because she ends relationships with good men for very little reason. This movie should have spent more time examining what about her life and relationships did not make her happy. A clear explanation would have made Liz seem less shallow. The PG-13 rating is acceptable but Liz curses quite a bit.
Bottom Line: Many women will enjoy this movie. Most men will find this boring and Liz’s character to be selfish and shallow.
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