EAT PRAY LOVE – Julia Roberts Is Gorgeous

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Eat Pray Love is so definitely a chick-flick. The millions of fans who know the book and enjoy Oprah Winfrey will want to see this Hollywood adaptation of a huge best seller. Eat Pray Love is the story of a woman’s spiritual quest. The executive producer of the film is Brad Pitt. This is a very controlled project. Fast-forward – the story ends with the heroine, played by Julia Roberts, finding love and someone really yummy, and then sailing off into the sunset – on his own boat – to this totally private island for a few more days of bacchanal before she has to go back to her other life in New York. Maybe they could work something out? Who cares? He pulls the cord and off they go! All that glistening water and it’s just you and me, baby. And the pantry is stocked. The girl (aka, “Groceries”) likes to eat.

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JULIA ROBERTS (Liz) and JAVIER BARDEM (Felipe)

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JULIA ROBERTS and BILLY CRUDUP (Stephen)

Eat Pray Love is tailor-made for Julia Roberts. Noted television director/writer Ryan Murphy (Glee; Nip/Tuck) and fellow screenwriter Jennifer Salt (Nip/Tuck, 19 episodes) have fashioned a treatment of the book by Liz Gilbert that keeps the essentials of the story on an even keel while affording endless glamor shots of Julia Roberts. It takes a village to keep this girl looking that good. Hey! That’s cool. The problem is that the links with believability and association start to stretch when the horribly miscast James Franco as the funky boy-toy actor “David” enters the scene. You just know this is a mis-match. It’s an age-thing, a forced-chemistry-thing — all of it leading to yet another bleeding heart. And a cell-phone scene. For some, the empathy may start to wane.

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JAMES FRANCO (David) and JULIA ROBERTS

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RICHARD JENKINS (as “Richard from Texas”) and JULIA ROBERTS

Eat Pray Love will prove to be of box office interest. The author of the best-selling book – on the New York Times best seller list for 155 weeks – was criticized for bypassing the political atmospheres of the picturesque points of her global trot. The thrust of the story is intended to be personal, not political. Ryan Murphy’s film, Eat Pray Love, is a completely lovely vehicle for Julia Roberts. The thrust of the film is visual appeal, not spiritual substance.

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JULIA ROBERTS and HADI SUBIYANTO (as “Ketut”)

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Seán Martinfield
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