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Eat, Pray, Love

Liz Gilbert (Julia 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.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 7 Oct 2010
Genre: Drama / Romance
Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Distributor: SONY PICTURES RELEASING INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins
Director: Ryan Murphy
Format: NA

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Writer: Goh Wen Xuan

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Watch this if you liked: “Julie And Julia”, “Under The Tuscan Sun”

Based on the acclaimed novel "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia", the movie definitely garnered much attention, as both director Ryan Murphy ("Running With Scissors", "Glee") and lead actress Julia Roberts ("Closer", "Valentine's Day") collaborate for the very first time. With star-studded cast including Javier Bardem ("No Country For Old Men") and James Franco ("Date Night"), "Eat Pray Love" definitely scores full marks for fans of the book itself.

"Eat Pray Love" starts off with writer Elizabeth 'Liz' Glibert visiting Bali for the very first time. A medicine man tells her certain prophecies that would lead her to a failed marriage and monetary issues in the near future. True enough, she finds herself leaving her husband, and taking a year off from her career to embark on a spiritual journey throughout Italy (Eat), India (Pray) and Indonesia (Love).

True to the book, "Eat Pray Love" is peppered with quotes, philosophical thoughts and heartfelt stories of people Liz meet. Although the movie is a condensed version of the book, the reviewer loved how director Ryan Murphy manages to insert Liz's past memories, or simple scenes from her imaginations. That certainly bonds the whole storyline together, making the audiences understand better as to how Liz finds her own self during this journey. Every journey that Liz makes was jarring, but not in a bad way. Stark contrast of each country magnified the state of mind that she would be facing the moment she arrives in a new place: Italy - good food, merrymaking; India - poverty, chaotic; Indonesia - tranquil, mystical.

Julia Roberts may be the core of the story, but it is the people around her that make it worthwhile to keep watching. While Liz tries to shake off her divorce guilt, people around her constantly reminds her of how she should be thankful and fortunate for her realisation to leave her comfort zone in New York. Although several natives in the movie like Balinese actors constantly keep the reviewer guessing as to what they have conveyed in the dialogue, the movie fortunately has subtitles for the foreign dialogues. And Julia Roberts did mention a "Terima Kasih" (Thank You) in the very end of the movie!

Do go watch this if you're a big fan of the book, or you are able to relate to Liz's loss and grief (because the quotes might sound cheesy to some); avoid this if you just can't stand Julia Roberts smooching James Franco and Javier Bardem with her 'luscious lips', or if you possess a certain 'stone-cold heart'.

Cinema Online, 25 September 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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