Eat Pray Love

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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
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 13, 2010 (2010-08-13)
Running time
140 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
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.


When Liz (Julia Roberts) goes to see Ketut Liyer, a spiritual healer in Bali, he tells Liz that she will have two marriages, one long and one short. Since she is married to her first husband Steven (Billy Crudup), she is afraid that what Ketut will come to fruition. Things between Liz and Steven start to unravel when she realizes that she's not in love with him anymore and is tired of him trying to "find himself". While trying to finalize their divorce, she starts a romance with David (James Franco) and they have an intense but brief relationship. When they end, she decides that she wants to go back to see Ketut but wants to go to Italy first and then to India before going to Bali. She wants to go to India to meet The Guru (Gita Reddy) after seeing what a profound influence she had on David.

She packs up and heads to Italy where she meets Sofi (Tuva Novotny), a Swedish tourist, and soon become fast friends. Sofi helps Liz and introduces her to Giovanni (Luca Argentero), a tutor and he introduces her to his friends and family. Liz loosens up and makes her mission to eat as much good food while in Italy as possible until she leaves. When she leaves and heads to India, she goes to an ashram but when shetries to meditate, she cannot concentrate. While at the ashram, she meets Tulsi (Rushita Singh), a young girl who is upset about her upcoming arranged married and Richard (Richard Jenkins), a Texan who has been at the ashram for a couple months. One day, Richard tells Liz about when he was addicted to drugs, alcohol and sex, he came home one night drunk and almost killed his young son. The next day, he woke to find his family gone. It had been ten years ago and he's still looking to forgive himself. He encourages her to stay until she's forgiven herself for her divorce.

When she heads back to Bali, she goes to see Ketut but he doesn't remember her. She shows him the picture he gave her before and he remembers how sad she was but said that she is now happy. For his help, Liz agrees to rewrite scrolls for him and is told that she cannot leave the sanctuary with them. She, however, goes one day and gets them photocopied as it would be easier instead of handwriting all of them. One day, Liz is out riding her bike one day when she is almost run off the road by Felipe (Javier Bardem). He was driving but distracted by the music on his radio. She learns that he is Brazilian who moved to Bali for his work. Liz goes to Ketut and shows him the cut on her leg. He tells her to go see another healer in town, Wayan (Christine Hakim). While at Wayan's, Armenia (Arlene Tur) comes to visit Wayan and invites Liz to a party that night. At the party, Liz sees Felipe and learns that he also is divorced. As Liz stumbles on her way home, Felipe catches up with her. He drops her off at her place and offers to be her tour guide in Bali. She declines and goes to her hut. In the morning, Felipe comes by with a remedy for a hangover. Liz invites him to meet Ketut, who reads in Felipe's hand that he is still hurting over his divorce. Felipe's son comes to visit, and encourages his father to be with Liz. That night, Felipe plays her a mix tape and they sleep together.

Liz spends the next few weeks with Felipe before going back to work with Ketut and spending time with Wayan. For her birthday, Felipe has packed a boat with enough supplies for the next several days. He has planned for them to stay at a nearby island. He proposes to make things work even though they live in different cities. Liz panics and leaves, saying she doesn't need to love him to prove she loves herself. Days later, Liz visits Ketut to say goodbye. He asks if she is still happy and she nods. She shows him the book she made and Ketut tells her she is like a daughter to him. He then asks what happened to Felipe and she said it wouldn't balance. Ketut tells her that love sometimes involves realizing there doesn't need to be balance. Liz leaves Ketut's and goes to Felipe's home but he is not there so she leaves him a note saying to meet her at the dock. Felipe arrives to find Liz has packed the boat. She tells him she is ready to be with him and they set sail.



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 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.


  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


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. 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 194 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 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]


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]


  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.", 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
  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...". 
  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"., 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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