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Eat Pray Love

Find-your-bliss film appeals but raises questions, too.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 133 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie suggests that when you find yourself living a life that turns out to not be what you wanted or dreamed of, it’s time to reboot, even if that means a complete overhaul. Yes, feelings will get hurt, and the pain may last for months or even years. But the risk is worth it, the movie says, to find happiness.

Positive role models

Liz is lost in the beginning of the movie. She doesn’t like the life she has, and she doesn’t know how to get the one she wants. She opts to take big risks to seek wisdom and joy, which is admirable. But there are casualties in her search for enlightenment.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Couples kiss tenderly. Lots of flirtation, some references to “sexy time,” and talk about a woman's need to end her self-prescribed celibacy. In one scene, a man strips down and asks the main character to go skinny dipping -- viewers see his bare backside a couple of times.

Language

Words used include "s--t," "screw," "ass," “goddamn," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," and “bulls--," plus one “motherf---er.”

Consumerism

Not many labels, but the book and the movie have encouraged many Eat Pray Love-inspired product tie-ins

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking at parties, bars, and restaurants. A woman gets drunk at a a party and suffers a huge hangover the morning after. Some references in casual conversation to Xanax and meth.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic drama based on the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert examines what happens when a woman walks away from the life (and husband) she knows to travel the world in search of meaning, balance, and joy. That’s fairly heavy material for tweens, which is part of why this movie is more age-appropriate for teens and adults, who will be better able to appreciate the movie's life lessons. Expect some discussions about sex, celibacy, and relationships; a few glimpses of a naked male butt; and some swearing (including "s--t" and one "motherf---er") and drinking (including one scene in which a character gets quite drunk).

What's the story?

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) suddenly finds herself feeling trapped in a marriage she doesn't want, in a life she didn't envision. Despite the fact that she chose to fashion that very life, now she wants out -- and that realization will destroy her husband (Billy Crudup) and worry her friends. A love affair with a young actor (James Franco) isn't the answer, and neither is disappearing into her sorrows. So she decides to go to Italy, where she hopes to rediscover her passion for food, and, perhaps, life; to India, where she seeks spiritual connection; and to Bali, where she may finally forgive herself. It's there that she meets a Brazilian man (Javier Bardem) who just might convince her that love is worth the risk.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

All hail Julia Roberts: As Elizabeth Gilbert’s avatar in this cinematic adaptation of the bestselling memoir Eat Pray Love, she's luminous and beautiful. Her faint wrinkles assure us that she hasn't been Botoxed or plastic-surgeried to death, and she's every bit the likable America's sweetheart she's known to be. With her in the starring role, a supporting cast filled with the likes of Bardem, Franco, Crudup, Viola Davis, and Richard Jenkins, and an inspired-by-real-life story set against some of the most photogenic locales in the world, how can it go wrong?

On one level, it doesn't. The film is convincingly stirring, and it hits all of the emotional notes that movies like these are supposed to hit. It's dreamy, it makes you think, and it even makes you cry. But poetic and unforgettable it's not. Some moments have been fashioned with heavy hands; you can feel the filmmakers pushing you to Feel Something. The film skates over why Liz can't abide the life she leads and the wreckage she leaves behind. And it incites the same debate that the book itself did: Is this chronicling a so-called self-indulgent journey that only the affluent can embark upon? Is it superficial? Or is it transformative? And does that matter when the film is, yes, entertaining?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Who do you think it's trying to reach? What is it saying to that audience?

  • Liz finds her bliss through a complete change in scenery, literally and figuratively. How realistic is this option for most people? What do you think would have happened if she hadn't been able to escape?

  • What eventually persuades Liz to leave her husband? Is her struggle relatable? Believable?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 13, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:November 23, 2010
Cast:Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts
Director:Ryan Murphy
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Genre:Drama
Run time:133 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity

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Parent of a 6, 10, and 13 year old Written byjjmmwgdp September 2, 2010

over 15 for adult themes, a little boring

Julia Roberts and her husband are self-absorbed. So much so they their marriage is in shambles. She dumps him, has an affair and subsequently contemplates her navel through three beautiful countries. The redeeming character is the Brazilian dude that overcomes his fear of commitment and pain, and JR does come around in the end. Maybe my marriage is too good or maybe I'm too secure as a Christian to be able identify with trying to find myself. The locations were beautiful, though.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Adult Written bykhan2705 October 28, 2010

Inspiring, life changing experience.

i loved this movie, i was waiting so curiously to see this movie and finally i did, it was little bit long but i had a great time watching it. Most films avoid themes about self awareness, personal growth, and transformation, settling instead for comedy and drama within accepted religious or community guidelines. This subject matter, however, is tackled head on (if somewhat superficially) in Eat Pray Love, a film by Ryan Murphy based on the best selling book by Elizabeth Gilbert. Written by the director and Jonathan Salt, Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert is an entrancing travelogue, a romantic comedy, and a spiritual adventure all wrapped in one engaging package. Liz is looking for personal growth and enhanced self-awareness as summarized in Werner Erhard's discussion of transformation, "You get to look deep down and find out something profound about yourself", he said. "You come to know yourself, not what you think, not what you feel, but you come to know yourself honestly." The cinematography is excellent. Each of the countries have beautiful spots and the camera work is great as far as showing that beauty. Having had enough of reading mindless negative critiques of this remarkable film, I feel it is time someone put the record straight. We know Julia Roberts well enough to know that she would not associate herself with a bad film, she looked stunning, all those close ups meant there was nowhere to hide, and her own character shone through. The photography was brilliant, the attention to detail, the atmospheres of Italy, India and Bali were all brought to life. I had read the book, but I enjoyed the film even more. Anyone who has been unhappy in a marriage and has wished they had the courage to leave it with honesty, knowing it is the right thing for both parties, will relate to this film. In this case there was a satisfyingly good ending, not always so in real life, but I am sure this film will encourage other women to be braver and believe that they can find love again, and if not, at least they will know they do not need a man to find happiness. The two hours were well spent, I did not notice the time pass, take no notice of the sad critics who really missed the beauty of it all. This movie has one of the best performances this year Julia Roberts is extremely Good as Liz Gilbert perhaps she was born to play this role, she gives one of the best performance of her life superb Billy Crudup took me by surprise, he did an excellent job in those few scnes he was in, seriously outstanding. Excellent performance by Javier Bardem and ofcourse Richard jenkins. Some scenes really took me by surprise: 1. Julia in her first scene, praying for the first time, chilling and marvellous performance. 2. Billy Crudup in the elevator leaving while hiding his tears. 3. Richard talking about his life while crying 4. Javier saying good bye to his 19 year old son in a deeply emotional way. and many other scenes ofcourse. every character and performance in this movie is superb. An inspiring movie, a life changing experience, one of my favorite now. superb, excellent, lovely movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byTotally500 November 27, 2010

A movie with Eat praying and love

This movie has it all, Eat Pray Love. I thought this film was the best and i think everyone should see it
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models