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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Julia Roberts
Javier Bardem.
Directors
Ryan Murphy.
Screenwriters
Ryan Murphy
Jennifer Salt.
Running Time
140 minutes

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Eat, Pray, Love
Julia Roberts finds herself


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Plot
Based on Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling novel, a woman (Julia Roberts) sets off on a journey of self-discovery after a bitter divorce.


Review
Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir of a woman who leaves her unsatisfactory marriage to start a spiritual, literal journey of man-free self-discovery left readers feeling empowered. But condensed into movie form and starring Julia Roberts, the message has been somewhat diluted to bumper-sticker ideology. In Italy she learns the sweetness of doing nothing, in India the humility of scrubbing floors and in Bali the importance of balance. All sound counsel, but by the time she meets Felipe (Javier Bardem), she apparently needs a man to make her happy after all, presumably not the book’s intended message. EPL is a beautiful travelogue and, for some, may be life-changing. For the rest? Watch Enjoy Leave.


Verdict
A beautiful, languid travelogue, although with some of the source novel's empowerment diluted.


Reviewed by Tony Horkins

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Posted by reminn at 13:30, 04 December 2010 | Report This Post


I thought the movie was kind of nice, with good actors, but otherwise found it a bit boring and too long. Also, I personally couldn`t really understand why she decides from one day to the other that she has to leave her husband and quit her current lifestyle (which didn`t seem so horrible ...) And the end...well, this movie didn`t really satisfy me... ... More

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Posted by FanaticalAboutFilm at 11:46, 21 November 2010 | Report This Post


A married woman comes to a crossroad in her life and starts to question who she is and where her life is leading her. After finally coming to terms with the fact that she no longer loves her husband, she divorces him and embarks on a journey of self discovery. Whilst not having read the book this film is supposed to be based on, I can not make any assumptions on how this film might compare. The film covers the emotional pain of divorce and finding your feet after finally cutting the strin... More

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Posted by zedphelan at 20:22, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Overlong, boring & patronising seeing a uperclass American snob go to Italy just to stuff her face then travel to India & Bahli "to find herself " utter crap. 2/5 1mark for Jenkins & 1 for the music especially for Neil Youngs Harvest Moon & Heart Of Gold. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:51, 01 October 2010 | Report This Post


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L: 7eke what a lazy review completely agree! As for the film; I loved it, even though there were some key moments from the book missed out or condensed, but there's no way the could put it all in. Still, it was beautifully done, and everyone in great in the film. ... More

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Posted by howiet1971 at 14:25, 29 September 2010 | Report This Post


Nice Film

Nice film, very spiritual but a bit long I never read the book. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 13:37, 25 September 2010 | Report This Post


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kermodes review is a pretty good watch http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/2010/09/eat_pray _love_review.html ... More

Posted by boove at 08:57, 25 September 2010 | Report This Post


what a lazy review ... More

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