EAT PRAY LOVE
Self-Indulgent Journey to New Age Darkness
Release Date: August 13, 2010
Starring: Julia Roberts, James Franco,
Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis,
Billy Crudup, and Javier
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 133 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer: Brad Pitt, Stan Wlodkowski and
Producer: Dede Gardner
Writer: Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt
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The movie stars Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert, a writer who suddenly decides she doesn’t like being married to her husband any more. Liz wants to find who she really is, because she feels she’s become too dispassionate about everything. In the third scene, Liz breaks down in the bathroom and starts praying to God. She asks God to tell her what to do.
Before her divorce is even finalized, however, she starts an affair with a younger man, David, who introduces her to Hindu polytheism. The affair goes badly, however, so Liz suddenly decides to take a year’s sabbatical overseas.
She starts by going to Italy, where she decides to develop a passion for food again. She makes friends with an Italian English student, conversing over dinner while she learns the country’s food and culture. At one point, the Italian and his family enjoy an American Thanksgiving Liz prepares, where they thank God over the dinner.
Then, Liz decides to visit India to look up her former lover’s Hindu guru. At the guru’s place, she gets into Hinduism, including Hindu meditation, really heavily. She also befriends a young Indian girl going into an arranged marriage and a troubled former alcoholic who’s lost his family. From all these experiences, Liz comes to believe in meditation and pantheism, where the believer uses meditation to become like God. She also comes to believe she has to forgive herself, not apologize to the people she’s harmed, especially her former husband, who seems to be a decent, sincere man.
Finally, Liz heads to Bali to consult an elderly spiritual healer and fortune teller she had met before. In Bali, Liz helps a battered wife, finds further spiritual anti-enlightenment and a new lover.
EAT PRAY LOVE has good production values, but its episodic script meanders a bit and lacks real drama. The biggest problem, however, is that the female protagonist is a selfish woman trying to find personal enlightenment and happiness apart from the God of the Bible. Sadly, she jumps from man to man. Even worse, she eventually finds spiritual darkness in the false religion of Hinduism and pantheism, the belief that everyone is god or has a piece of god inside herself.
Another problem with the movie is it presents a negative, feminist view of marriage. There is also some foul language and sexual situations, but, except for an “f” word and a couple strong profanities, nothing really explicit. There is also one scene where a man takes off his clothes and unsuccessfully tries to seduce the protagonist.
EAT PRAY LOVE is an annoying movie extolling abhorrent New Age Hindu beliefs and feminist values rejecting marriage.
EAT PRAY LOVE has good production values, but its episodic script meanders and lacks real drama. The biggest problem, however, is that the female protagonist is a selfish woman trying to find personal darkness apart from God. Sadly, she jumps from man to man. Even worse, she eventually finds spiritual anti-enlightenment in the false religions of Hinduism and pantheism, the belief that everyone is god or has a piece of god inside herself. EAT PRAY LOVE is an annoying movie extolling abhorrent New Age Hindu beliefs and feminist values rejecting marriage.