From the cobblestone roads of Rome to the scenic beaches of Bali, “Eat Pray Love” (2010) is sure to trigger a sense of wanderlust in even the most Boone-loving viewer.
Unhappy with her marriage and struggling to find her purpose, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts, “Pretty Woman”) decides to file for divorce and travel the world for a year in three phases: first, she goes to Italy to eat, then India to pray and finally Bali to love.
Although I’m not one for light movies starring Julia Roberts (I know, that’s a pretty broad generalization), I found “Eat Pray Love” to be incredibly honest. Liz confronts many of the same problems that all young women, and everyone for that matter, face in their lives — although you seem to have a good life, something is missing.
Liz is lucky enough to be able to take a year off, not really do any work and truly re-discover herself after being in and out of relationships her whole adult life. After learning Italian, eating her heart out, finding god and learning to love again, it does seem like taking a year to travel the world set Liz back on track.
And although I’d like to advise everyone to go on some sort of self-love journey á la Julia Roberts, it’s pretty unrealistic to be able to travel for a few months, let alone a year, without working. The movie was so charming, though, that I was able to keep the skeptic inside at bay for about two hours. On that note, does anyone want to sponsor my one-year vacation, I mean ... journey?
High Country Lifelong Learners hosts a free viewing of “Eat Pray Love” from 2-4:30 pm. May 9 at the Watauga County Public Library. This film has an MPAA rating of PG-13 and an approximate run-time of 133 minutes.