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Eat Pray Love (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 13 August 2010 (USA)
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A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

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Ryan Murphy

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Ryan Murphy (screenplay), Jennifer Salt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Liz Gilbert
I. Gusti Ayu Puspawati I. Gusti Ayu Puspawati ... Nyomo
Hadi Subiyanto Hadi Subiyanto ... Ketut Liyer
Billy Crudup ... Stephen
Viola Davis ... Delia Shiraz
A. Jay Radcliff A. Jay Radcliff ... Andre
Mike O'Malley ... Andy Shiraz
Ashlie Atkinson ... Bookstore Girl
James Franco ... David Piccolo
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Woman in Play
Ryan O'Nan ... Play Walk-Out
Gita Reddy ... The Guru
Dwayne Clark Dwayne Clark ... NYU Student Boyfriend
Jen Kwok ... NYU Student Girlfriend (as Jennifer Kwok)
Mary Testa ... Laundromat Gal
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Storyline

Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Written by Sony Pictures

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Taglines:

Let Yourself Go This August

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Portuguese

Release Date:

13 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eat, Pray, Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Bali, Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,104,523, 15 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,574,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$204,594,016
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| (director's cut)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A casting associate saw Joe Lipari do a set about teaching yoga at Gotham Comedy Club and asked if he'd be interested in being involved in the movie's yoga scenes. The scenes were cut from the final film. See more »

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Liz and her friends order spaghetti carbonara at a restaurant in Rome. The movie shows a pasta dish with tomatoes at the group's table. Carbonara contains pancetta, parmigiano-reggiano, black pepper and eggs, but no tomatoes. See more »

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Felipe: Listen, balance, my darling, is not letting anybody love you less than you love yourself.
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Referenced in The Real Housewives of Orange County: Eat, Pray, Run (2014) See more »

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Crucial point in the story left out in the movie
14 February 2011 | by ja-br-saSee all my reviews

Altogether, the topic, the locations, the atmospheres, the acting made me enjoy the movie more than the book. I read the book and found it OK, but not like fantastic (almost like the Alchymist by Coehlo; sort of simple enough for anyone to understand, but deep enough for a lot of people to feel intellectual or in touch with new thoughts). But for the movie I had low expectations, based on the reviews - nonetheless I was positively surprised, though left wondering if most critics are just a bunch of sheep following a path (made by an old sheep who left decades ago)? And hence, obliged to hate any woman prioritizing herself?

The movie deals with a topic that very few (American) movies actually deal with - our inner lives and pursuits for balance and happiness. Maybe because it is difficult, as it is a somewhat stand still, internal journey. But EPL has made it possible by wrapping it into an external journey too.

But my main point adding to the other reviews: Some of the criticism of the movie is that the main character doesn't seem to have a good reason to be unhappy, and to leave her husband. However, what is dealt with in the book, but not comes across in the movie, is that she and her husband are to trying to have a baby, as is expected by "people" (and by her husband). EG discovers in this process that she is still not ready for children, in fact she never will be. She doesn't feel cut for it at all, and if she has a child, she feel she'll lose herself (her new husband got himself fixed before he met her, so there was never a question about it). To choose away what many women view as a deed to validate their existence; having children, is tough and scary. One will be judged. Also, she knew her husband's expectation of building a family was not unreasonable, making her feel ashamed and different. This is one of the key reasons for her to start praying; to be able to follow her own instincts, breaking the conventional norms. By excluding from the script this realization for the main character, the viewer is left puzzled with what is wrong in this marriage, there is something that doesn't make sense here. Too bad, leaving this issue out, as it would've added another dimension to the movie and increase the viewers understanding of why EG and her husband should split.

I can't help wonder why they chose to eliminate it from the story, whether it is because it would not appeal to conservative American women who after all are the majority of the box office customers for this movie? Or whether the movie creator thought it wouldn't make a difference? After all it made the whole lot of difference to the marriage, and was a impetus for her entire journey.


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