LAURA SAYS: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ The Movie Is SO Much Better Than The Book!

Fri, August 13, 2010 5:30pm EST by 12 Comments
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My prediction: 99% of all women are going to want to gobble up this celluloid journey of self-discovery!

I’m going to play it straight with you – I actually DETESTED Elizabeth Gilbert‘s book Eat, Pray, Love. However, I DID enjoy the film adaptation – and if you’ve any kind of heart or sense of adventure, so will you!

Eat, Pray, Love is the autobiographical story of  Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) a travel writer who’s lost all passion for her life. So she does what every woman dreams of doing – dumps her hubby of eight years (Billy Crudup), leaves Manhattan behind and sets out on a trip around the world in an attempt to reclaim her lost mojo. She does some eating in Italy, praying in India and gets some loving from Felipe (Javier Bardem) in Bali.

Sounds interesting, right? Let me break down why you should see this film – and why you MIGHT want to give it a miss.


* You’ll be itching to break out your passport even before the credits roll. The cinematography is gorgeous – although I definitely could have done without the gratuitous pasta shots director Ryan Murphy kept throwing in. Yeah, yeah, she’s in Italy and she’s eating pizza in Naples, spaghetti in Rome and swilling vino in Tuscany. We get it.

* Julia. I’m constantly amazed to see that Julia Roberts can de-glamorize herself on film. She wore so much baggy batik in EPL that it nearly boggled my mind — and no matter how sweaty or sad she looked onscreen, her smile still manages to light up a theater.

* Viola Davis is hilarious as Liz’s BFF Delia Shiraz. I smell Oscar nomination!

* Eye candy galore! HELLO! We have James Franco as Liz’s lover, David, Billy Crudup as her handsome ex-husband Steven and Javier Bardem as Felipe, the sensual lover man she meets in Bali.

* Richard Jenkins. I loved him in Six Feet Under, and his scenes with Julia in India will bring tears to your eyes.

* The music. Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for choosing to air Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” at a pivotal moment. Perfection song selection – but then, I guess you do that every week for Glee!


* The movie would end sooner — it’s far too long, clocking in at over two hours.

* To understand where Liz was coming from. She seemed like such a vacuous, empty person. Her life was great, yet she found reasons to hate it. She throws away her marriage to a man that’s clearly besotted by her and I didn’t understand why.

* That the entire India scene would last fifteen minutes tops. It was boring in the book and it was boring in the movie. Bring yourself some Italian chocolates to keep you busy for 45 minutes, just as an FYI.


* Gummi worms. But I really wanted Panini.


Will you enjoy Eat, Pray, Love? No doubt. Does it speak the international language of love? Oh, yes. Will it leave you hungry for more? Says this reviewer: nope, I feel fully sated.


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Lisa B

Posted at 11:52 AM on August 15, 2010  

I’m with you, Laura. An OK movie that ladies will love. I predict it will do very well. Love how Julia gained weight for the role – it makes me like her more as an actress.

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Posted at 12:09 AM on August 15, 2010  

Wow, May — I don’t even have words for how DUMB your comment was. This is clearly a REVIEW which is ALL OPINION aside from any plot summary. And if you don’t want opinions along with your news, I suggest you throw out your TV and your computer because EVERY new source has a bias. You just have to look hard enough.

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Posted at 1:06 AM on August 14, 2010  

Just saw the movie Laura & I totally agree with you! I was so confused — why was she so unhappy with her life? It seemed pretty damn great to me. Also hated the book. Movie is so much better — but it’s not my favorite Julia film.

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Posted at 7:15 PM on August 13, 2010  

lol… omg, are you serious? it’s called a ‘movie review’… an opinion is required. i can appreciate your passion though, and your ability to hate someone’s thoughts on everything b/c they pissed you off so much on something else! but, seriously, you should calm down. lol… entertaining post though. enjoy your weekend.

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Posted at 7:40 PM on August 13, 2010  

I promise you I enjoy my weekend …!!
But I … I talked about it Laura said the film better than the book … I do not understand how could she say such a thing!
She can express her opinion about the movie … But what she wants from the book?
I read the book and so I loved it … The film is based on the book …!!!
And believe me .. my life is great And filled with love!
No hate at all!
Do not believe? I do not care … Who are you anyway?

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Posted at 8:02 PM on August 13, 2010  

You appear to be rather angry that Laura expressed an opinion about the movie and book in her review. No offense to you May, but that’s how it goes with reviews. Perhaps you could have offered something of substance to substantiate your opinion…I hadn’t read the book and don’t feel inclined to do so now based on your commentary. Sorry.

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Posted at 11:56 AM on August 15, 2010  

You can barely write in English – are you sure you’ve read this book?

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Posted at 6:49 PM on August 13, 2010  

How can you say you detested the book Laura, you clearly have zero taste when it comes to a good read. This was one of my favorite books, especially the India section. Your review sucks.

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Posted at 7:17 PM on August 13, 2010  

thx for this! i’m very curious about the book and whether or not it has a ‘like water for chocolate’ feel or what. maybe being the pig that i am, i just focus on the “eat” part, though.

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Posted at 5:48 PM on August 11, 2010  

loved your review Laura- I, unlike you, really liked this book but now I am totally motivated to see the movie (which I don’t usually like to do after I’ve read a book that I really get into- sometimes movies take away from my vision of what the book should “look” like–
By the way– sorry you had the gummies– maybe more along the lines of Perugina Bacci Kisses- but maybe you can indulge if you see the movie again

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Posted at 2:43 PM on August 11, 2010  

Sounds good…I’m in.
One MINOR point though Laura, there seriously is NO SUCH THING as a ‘gratuitous pasta” shot…maybe you needed to ‘swill’ some vino and bury those gummi worms :)

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Posted at 2:05 PM on August 11, 2010  

very nice writing laura. i almost bought the book recently, but was enraged with how expensive a stupid paperback costs. i’m surprised to hear the movie was BETTER than the book being that it’s usually the opposite. now, i get to almost no movies, but will get a crack at seeing one this weekend. i need a review of salt… did you do one of those??? ;)

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