Eat Pray Love
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Eat Pray Love

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Director: Ryan Murphy

Cast: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem

     
 

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A woman who once made it her goal in life to marry and rear a family finds her priorities suddenly shifting in Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt's adaptation of author Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. In the eyes of many, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) was a woman who had itSee more details below

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A woman who once made it her goal in life to marry and rear a family finds her priorities suddenly shifting in Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt's adaptation of author Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. In the eyes of many, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) was a woman who had it all -- a loving husband, a great career, and a weekend home -- but sometimes one realizes too little too late that they haven't gotten what they truly wanted from life. On the heels of a painful divorce, the woman who had previously looked forward to a contented life of domestic bliss sets out to seek her true destiny by traveling first to Italy, where she learns to appreciate nourishment; then to India, where she discovers the power of prayer; and finally to Bali, where she unexpectedly finds the meaning of true love.

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Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love is the story of a New York writer named Liz (Julia Roberts), who ends her marriage and, saddled with regret, does what any rational person would do -- runs away for a journey around world. Though female self-discovery is the central focus of the film, director Ryan Murphy (Glee) glosses over the plot in favor of picturesque exotic destinations photographed at sunset, food displayed with mouth-watering intensity, and supporting characters bursting with vitality. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that imagery, but those familiar with the book might find Murphy's interpretation confusing and perhaps a little too self-indulgent. The story centers on Liz, who wakes up in the middle of the night and decides that she's unhappy in her marriage, and asks her flighty husband, Stephen (Billy Crudup), for a divorce. Soon Liz meets David (James Franco), a "Yogi from Yonkers" and the actor who played the lead in a play that she wrote; he's quite a few years younger than her and teaches her the ways of his spiritual guru. Despite this new love affair, Liz still feels unsatisfied with her life, and just as her relationship with David starts to fall apart, she decides that she's going to check out for a year, travel, and find God -- and maybe even herself -- along the way. Her quest takes her first to Italy, where she learns how to embrace life through food; next she travels to India, where she spends time at an ashram and meets Richard (Richard Jenkins) from Texas, who teaches her to forgive herself; and lastly she goes to Bali to study with a quirky, toothless medicine man and meets Brazilian charmer Felipe (Javier Bardem), who brings the possibility of love into her life again. Eat Pray Love allows Roberts' longtime fans to travel the world and back again with her. Her performance isn't a showy one, but one with subtle reactions to dramatic twists and genuine wonder at what her character discovers during her journey. She flashes that infamous smile even through tears -- she cries in every other scene -- at the right moments (effectively chosen by Murphy), but despite her performance, it's difficult for the audience to connect to her character. Murphy, along with screenwriter Jennifer Salt, has a hard time translating Liz's feelings of guilt -- she shouldn't have quit her marriage, or eaten so much pizza, or slept with that younger man -- to the screen. Still, the film taps into the escapist romantic aspects of the journey that make it oh so charming, and in between appropriate bouts of music announcing every port of call, the film proves to truly be a guilty pleasure. Roberts' relaxed gracefulness, coupled with a faultless supporting cast, makes this exotic travelogue delightful to watch and difficult to resist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2010
UPC:
0043396362369
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
4:46:00
Sales rank:
22,928

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Liz Gilbert
James Franco David Piccolo
Javier Bardem Felipe
Richard Jenkins Richard From Teas
Billy Crudup Stephen
Viola Davis Deila Shiraz
Habi Subiyanto Ketut Liyer
Mike O'Malley Andy Shiraz
Tuva Novotny Sofi
Luca Argentero Giovanni
Giuseppe Gandini Luca Spaghetti
Andrea Di Stefano Giulio
Michael Cumpsty Swami Dhavalachandra
Sophie Thompson Corella
Rushita Singh Tulsi
Christine Hakim Wayan Nuriasih
Arlene Tur Armenia
David Lyons Ian
TJ Power Leon
I Gusti Ayu Puspawati Nyomo
A. Jay Radcliff Andre
Gita Reddy The Guru
Welker White Andrea Sherwood
Lucia Guzzardi Landlady
Silvano Rossi Paolo the Barber
Elena Arvigo Maria
Lydia Biondi Ruffina
Emma Brunetti Paola
Chiara Brunetti Claudia
Ritvik Tyagi Madhu
Micky Dhameejani Rijul
Anakia Lapae Tutti
Ashlie Atkinson Bookstore Girl
Lisa Roberts Gillan Woman in Play
Ryan O'Nan Play Walk-Out
Dwayne Clark NYU Student Boyfriend
Jennifer Kwok NYU Student Girlfriend
Mary Testa Laundromat Gal
Elijah Tucker Chant Leader
Karen Trindle Chant Leader
Zach Dunham Chant Leader
Ned Leavitt Chant Leader
Clair Oaks Chant Leader
Lynn Margileth Chant Leader
Roberto DiPalma Large Man at Trattoria
Ludovica Virga Arguing Fruit Customer
Marco Lastrucci Arguing Fruit Customer
Jose Ramon Rosario Storage Building Guy
Remo Remotti Older Soccer Fan
Vanessa Marini Clothing Salesgirl
Ajay Bhandari Liz's Bag Holder
Sd Pandey Man in Temple
Anand Yeshwant Bapat Indian Shop Salesman
Peter Davis Disc Jockey
Shona Benson Sharon in Seva Office
Dean Allan Tollhurst Balinese Realtor
Richard V. Vogt Man in Restaurant

Technical Credits
Ryan Murphy Director,Screenwriter
Charles V. Beal Art Director
Alessandro Bertolazzi Makeup
P.J. Bloom Musical Direction/Supervision
Bradley Buecker Editor
Richard Dean Makeup
Michael Dennison Costumes/Costume Designer
Dede Gardner Producer
Bill Groom Production Designer
Jeremy Kleiner Executive Producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Brad Pitt Executive Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Scott Robertson Asst. Director
Jennifer Salt Screenwriter
Stan Wlodkowski Executive Producer

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