Eat Pray Love

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This article is about the movie based on the book. For the book, see Eat, Pray, Love.
Eat Pray Love
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Produced by Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Stan Wlodkowski
Tabrez Noorani
Screenplay by Ryan Murphy
Jennifer Salt
Based on Eat, Pray, Love 
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Starring Julia Roberts
Javier Bardem
Billy Crudup
Richard Jenkins
Viola Davis
James Franco
Music by Dario Marianelli
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Edited by Bradley Buecker
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 13, 2010 (2010-08-13)
Running time 140 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Italian
Portuguese
Budget $60 million[2][3]
Box office $204,594,016[3]

Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and directed the film, which opened in the United States on August 13, 2010.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Eat Pray Love began principal photography in August 2009. Filming locations include New York City (United States), Rome and Naples (Italy), Delhi and Pataudi (India), Ubud and Padang-Padang Beach at Bali (Indonesia).[4][5]

Hindu leaders voiced concern over the production of the film and advocated the use of spiritual consultants to ensure that the film conveyed an accurate reflection of life in an ashram.[6][7] Both Salon.com and The New York Post have suggested that Gurumayi Chidvilasananda was the guru featured in the film and in the book by Elizabeth Gilbert on which the film was based, though Gilbert herself did not identify the ashram or the guru by name.[8][9]

The two Balinese lead characters (Ketut Liyer and Wayan) are played by Indonesian actors Hadi Subiyanto and Christine Hakim, respectively.

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "Flight Attendant" by Josh Rouse
  2. "Last Tango In Paris (Suite, Part 2)" by Gato Barbieri
  3. "Thank You" by Sly & the Family Stone
  4. "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Mozart's The Magic Flute)" by Wiener Philharmoniker
  5. "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young
  6. "Kaliyugavaradana" by U. Srinivas
  7. "The Long Road" by Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan[10]
  8. "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young
  9. "Samba da Bênção" by Bebel Gilberto
  10. "Wave" by João Gilberto
  11. "Got to Give It Up, Part 1" by Marvin Gaye
  12. "'S Wonderful" by João Gilberto
  13. "Better Days" by Eddie Vedder
  14. "Attraversiamo" by Dario Marianelli
  15. "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted at #2 behind The Expendables with $23,104,523. It had the highest debut at the box office with Roberts in a lead role since America's Sweethearts in 2001.[11] In its initial ten-day run, it increased its revenue to a total of $47.2 million.[12] Competing film The Expendables features Eric Roberts, Julia Roberts' brother, and the box office pitted Roberts versus Roberts. Hollywood.com commented that "sibling rivalry is rarely as publicly manifested" as this.[13] The film, produced on a $60 million budget, grossed $80,574,382 in the United States and Canada and has a worldwide total of $204,594,016.

Critical reception[edit]

Eat Pray Love received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Based on 195 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 36%.[14] Its consensus states "The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate."[14] Another review aggregate, Metacritic, calculated an average score of 50 based on 39 reviews.[15]

Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe gave the film 3 out of 4 stars while writing "Is it a romantic comedy? Is it a chick flick? This is silly, since, in truth, it’s neither. It’s simply a Julia Roberts movie, often a lovely one."[16] San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle overall positively reviewed the film and praised Murphy's "sensitive and tasteful direction" as it "finds way to illuminate and amplify Gilbert's thoughts and emotions, which are central to the story".[17]

Negative reviews appeared in The Chicago Reader, in which Andrea Gronvall commented that the film is "ass-numbingly wrong",[18] and Rolling Stone, in which Peter Travers referred to watching it as "being trapped with a person of privilege who won't stop with the whine whine whine."[19] Pop culture website Somethingawful.com ran a scathing review. Martin R. "Vargo" Schneider highlighted several aspects of the film that he considered completely unrealistic.[20] Political columnist Maureen Dowd termed the film "navel-gazing drivel" in October, 2010.[21]

The BBC's Mark Kermode listed the film as 4th on his list of Worst Films of the Year, saying: "Eat Pray Love... vomit. A film with the message that learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, although I think the people who made that film loved themselves rather too much"[22]

In The Huffington Post, critic Jenna Busch wrote:

In the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, journalist Curzio Maltese wrote:

The film received generally negative reviews in the Italian press.[25][26][27]

Merchandising[edit]

Marketers for the film created over 400 merchandising tie-ins.[28] Products included Eat Pray Love-themed jewelry,[29] perfume,[29] tea,[29] gelato machines,[28] an oversized Indonesian bench,[30] prayer beads, and a bamboo window shade.[31] World Market department store opened an entire section in all of their locations devoted to merchandise tied-in to the movie.[30]

The Home Shopping Network ran 72 straight hours of programming featuring Eat Pray Love products around the time of the film's release.[28] The decision to market such a wide range of products, hardly any of which were actually featured in the film, brought criticism from the Philadelphia Inquirer,[28] the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EAT PRAY LOVE (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  2. ^ Fritz, Ben (2010-08-12). "Movie projector: Stallone's 'Expendables' to blow away 'Eat Pray Love' and 'Scott Pilgrim'". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Eat Pray Love". Box Office Mojo. IMDb Inc. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  4. ^ News for Eat, Pray, Love Retrieved on August 23, 2009
  5. ^ Tatiana Siegel (2009-04-14). "Jenkins set for 'Eat, Pray, Love'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  6. ^ Eat Pray Love-No Shooting In Original Ashram Retrieved May 10, 2010
  7. ^ ‘Eat Pray Love’ Julia Roberts Movie Worries Hindus Retrieved May 10, 2010
  8. ^ Shah, Riddhi. The "Eat, Pray, Love" guru's troubling past." Salon.com, August 14, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2011
  9. ^ Stewart, Sara. "Eat pray zilch." The New York Post, 2010-08-10.
  10. ^ "Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: The Long Road". Review. Basement Songs. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ 'Expendables' Explode, 'Eat Pray Love' Carbo-Loads, 'Scott Pilgrim' Powers Down boxofficemojo.com
  12. ^ Gray, Brandon (August 23, 2010). "Weekend Report: 'Expendables' Battle On, 'Vampires,' 'Piranha' Settle for Scraps". Box Office Mojo. 
  13. ^ Dergarabedian, Paul (August 10, 2010). "Julia Roberts vs. Eric Roberts at box office...". Hollywood.com. 
  14. ^ a b "Eat, Pray, Love Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  15. ^ "Eat Pray Love Reviews, Ratings, Credits , and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  16. ^ Wesley, Morris (2010-08-13). "Eat Pray Love movie review". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  17. ^ LaSalle, Mike (2010-08-13). "Movie review: "Eat Pray Love"". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  18. ^ Gronvall, Andrea. "Eat Pray Love Showtimes & Reviews". Chicago Reader. Creative Loafing Media. 
  19. ^ Travers, Peter (2010-08-12). "Eat Pray Love News and Reviews". Rolling Stone. 
  20. ^ The Expendables; Scott Pilgrim vs. The World; Eat Pray Love
  21. ^ Dowd, Maureen (October 20, 2010). "Making Ignorance Chic". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  22. ^ Kermode Uncut: My Worst Five Films of 2010 on YouTube. Retrieved Dec 30th 2010.
  23. ^ Busch, Jenna (2010-08-13). "Jenna Busch: Eat Pray Love Review". HuffingtonPost.com, Inc. 
  24. ^ Maltese, Curzio (2010-09-18). "Nella Roma di Julia manca solo il mandolino". La Repubblica. 
  25. ^ Tornabuoni, Lietta. "Lietta Tornabuoni: Eat Pray Love Review". L'Espresso. 
  26. ^ Ferzetti, Fabio. "Fabio Ferzetti: Eat Pray Love Review". Il Messaggero. 
  27. ^ Romani, Cinzia. "Cinzia Romani: Eat Pray Love Review". Il Giornale. 
  28. ^ a b c d ABC News article: "Eat, Pray, Love - and Spend."
  29. ^ a b c Forbes article: "The Eat Pray Love Industry."
  30. ^ a b Washington Post article: "'Eat Pray Love': Parsing our feelings about all those product tie-ins."
  31. ^ World Market website: "Eat Pray Love merchandise.
  32. ^ Huffington Post article: "Shop, Buy, Repeat."

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