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".
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
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 »
Glossy self-help romantic-drama from Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller concerns New York-based writer who walks out on her routine marriage and later has an affair with a college student who turns her on to the teachings of a guru in India. Having the financial resources (natch), our heroine decides to take a year off and travel first to Italy (where she learns to relax and let go of that old American stand-by: guilt); then it's on to an ashram in India (where she learns to meditate); and finally, Bali (where she meets a sensitive, available Brazilian who hopes she'll learn to accept love and return it). Extremely lightweight confection seems to be tailor-made for its star, Julia Roberts--the camera is always on her a second too soon and lingers there seconds too long. To her credit, Roberts doesn't overpower the proceedings with her dynamic personality; rather, she conforms to the material and has several very strong acting moments. However, the ridiculous third-act is nothing more than a meet-cute, last-chance love story, undermining the movie's (apparently) sincere intent to ferret out something substantial within this study of character, resulting in yet another mended-hearts happy ending. ** from ****
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