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Eat, Pray Love - Or Maybe Not

By Miv Evans

In this film we see Julia Roberts gorge herself in Italy (lots of exciting close ups of spaghetti), hang out with Richard Jenkins in Indian (they’re in an Ashram but spiritual experiences are limited to stern lectures from Jenkins, who thinks he’s in rehab) and then she flies off to Bali to have her fortune told by someone who forgot he’d told her to come back the year before.

All this jetting around is apparently part of Roberts’ quest to find the balance of mind, body and spirit, which the Hippies covered in the 60s and I’m sure they’ll be very surprised to learn this can be achieved without some kind of chemical assistance.

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is a novelist, married to a very nice guy but she decides she’s not happy and divorces him, despite his desperate attempts to win her back.  She then has an affair with a younger man but decides that’s not for her either and she takes a year long sabbatical to go on her journey of discovery.

We see Liz with her first husband for long enough to vaguely understand their relationship, but her affair with the second guy is played on fast forward, means nothing and there is really no good reason for it to be there. 

This can also be said about the many other character threads, all clumsily written and without an ounce of originality, and when Jenkins begins a droning monologue with ‘this isn’t a pretty story’ , the words nail and coffin spring to mind.

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While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey. Based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Watch the Official "Eat, Pray Love" movie trailer through Hulu. Click on the white triangle to start the movie.

Another irritating aspect of this film is the amount of time everyone spends on the verge of tears.   If I met someone on holiday, and we hung out for a while, and they cried when I was leaving, I’d think they were mentally disturbed.  I know Roberts is good at ‘tear filled’ but she’s also good at cracking jokes and, believe me, we could have done with a few of those.     

But the most irritating thing of all in this film is Liz herself.  She’s extremely self-centric and listening to her weeping and whining and feeling sorry for herself makes you wish you’d stayed home and done the ironing.

At some point, she apparently finds the balance she’s been seeking, but unfortunately I can’t tell you when as I got distracted by the people around me turning on their cell phones to look at the time.

Eat, Pray Love International Movie Release Dates:

Canada:  13 August 2010
USA: 13 August 2010
India: 27 August 2010
Iceland: 10 September 2010
Finland: 17 September 2010
Japan: 17 September 2010
Germany: 23 September 2010
UK: 24 September 2010
Portugal: 30 September 2010
South Korea: 30 September 2010
Brazil: 1 October 2010
Estonia: 1 October 2010
Norway: 1 October 2010
Spain: 1 October 2010
Argentina: 7 October 2010
Australia: 7 October 2010
Singapore: 7 October 2010
Hungary: 14 October 2010
Italy: 29 October 2010
Denmark: 11 November 2010

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.

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