"Eat Pray Love" is a whimsical adventure
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Published: 8/13/2010 6:17 PM
Print this article It's been 20 years since Julia Roberts took the world by storm in "Pretty Woman" and "Steel Magnolias," but the beautiful redhead is still using her charm to woo audiences. Her infectious laugh and bright smile can be found once again in "Eat Pray Love," a film based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert.
For those who aren't aware, Gilbert's non-fiction tome has been a phenomenon since it hit shelves in 2006. The author's journey to three different countries landed the page-turner on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 158 weeks.
The film "Eat Pray Love" stays remarkably close to the source material. Liz Gilbert (Roberts), a writer, goes through a difficult divorce with her husband, Stephen (Billy Crudup). To ease the pain, she dives headfirst into the arms of David (James Franco), a much younger and carefree man.
Of course, the romance is doomed to fail. When it does, Liz - who admits to being in a relationship for much of her life - is determined to discover who she is and find some solace within herself. It's then that she decides to travel abroad to Italy to enjoy life's simple pleasures, India to pray, and Indonesia to experience a combination of the two.
Emotional and hilarious, "Eat Pray Love" may be the best way to experience Gilbert's adventures firsthand. In fact, the filmmakers visit much of the same places she mentions in her novel, including a pizzeria in Naples which supposedly serves up some of the tastiest food in the world and several locales in Bali. It's at that last destination where Liz meets Felipe (Javier Bardem), a charming divorced man who falls for her.
Overall, Gilbert's fans will be happy to learn that no detail of her worldly adventures was missed. While the 133-minute running time may seem intimidating to some, moviegoers can rest assured that it's all used wisely on shots of fantastic food, tranquil moments and romance that will make anyone swoon. See it and love it.
"Eat Pray Love" is rated PG-13 and has a 133-minute running time. The film contains some scenes involving sexuality, as well as a shot of male rear nudity. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
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