Parents' Guide to

Eat Pray Love

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Find-your-bliss film appeals but raises questions, too.

Movie PG-13 2010 133 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Bad film

A movie about a women who is married, divorces her husband for absolutely no reason, travels the world, and gets married again to some Brazilian guy. It’s extremely boring and in my opinion, has a bad message.
age 17+

Well-Made, Thought-Provoking, and Beautiful Film; Too Racy For Kids

Though excellent and just as good as it's source material, it is too sad and racy for those under 17. Sex and shown/implied, and you can see a male buttocks. It is overwhelmingly sad at parts, aswell. But it is a fantastic film that I recommend for all adults/older teens!

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (12):

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?

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