Eat Pray Love

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Eat Pray Love Movie Poster Image
Find-your-bliss film appeals but raises questions, too.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 133 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & representations

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
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.

What 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).

User Reviews

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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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
Teen, 15 years old Written bybananalover March 19, 2011

read the book first

the book is way better than the movie way better than the movie so read the book and then watch the movie. for real follow my advice. READ THE BOOK FIRST!!!!

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?

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?

Talk to your kids 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?

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