Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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Eat Pray Love (1/10 guys; 7/10
by Tony Medley
Run time 140 minutes
OK for children.
Go Pay Suffer, at least if
you’re a guy. I was expecting this Julia Roberts vehicle to be one of
the worst movies of the year and it’s not even that good. Like lots of
modern feminsts, for basically no reason at all Liz Gilbert (Roberts),
the name of the woman who wrote the autobiographical book upon which
this movie is based, decides she doesn’t want to be married to her
husband, Stephen (Billy Crudup), so she dumps him and then spends the
rest of the movie feeling sorry for herself because she’s not in love.
This movie about a
just-divorced woman has already been made once before by another
feminist, Audrey Wells, called Under the Tuscan Sun (2003),
and it was almost as bad as this thing, if possible. Although in
Wells’ movie, the woman was the one who was jilted. What makes this
worse is that Liz dumps her husband for no apparent reason other than
she just doesn’t want to be married anymore, which she decides after he
interrupts her talking about herself so he can talk about himself.
Sounds like two Chardonnays (aka yuppies) who deserve each other. So
much for the ability of the modern feminist to commit to a relationship
“for better or worse,” and trying to work it out if it happens to be
Knowing it was going to be
almost 2 ½ hours of Julia Roberts, I thought, going in, that one
possible saving grace might be great scenery, since the film is set in
Italy and India. Alas, director Ryan Murphy, who also wrote (with
Jennifer Salt), eschews scenic views (like those that enlivened
Letters to Juliet) for close-up after close-up of Julia acting. You
can almost hear the guy in plus-fours standing just outside camera range
telling Julia through his megaphone, “look sad,” and “laugh,” and the
other emotions that Julia fakes throughout this almost interminable
There are two noteworthy
performances in this film, counterbalancing Roberts. The first is by
Richard Jenkins as an old guy Liz meets in India. The other is by Javier
Bardem as Felipe, the guy who finally wins Liz’s heart, poor guy.
One thing I knew coming out of the
screening, Felipe is not going to live happily ever after.