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Movie Review: Eat Pray Love

Alternate Title: Watch Groan Leave

Story: I most definitely am not in the target audience that this film was intended to reach. This film is insipid, boring, predictable, overly long and generally a complete waste of time.

The main character, Liz Gilbert, finds her eight year marriage to be unfulfilling as is her rebound affair with a younger man. What to do, what to do? She decides to go on a year long journey to Italy, India and Bali. Her goal is self-discovery and sadly she drags us along on her self-absorbed ride.

The film was directed by Glee's, Ryan Murphy and written by Mr. Murphy and Jennifer Salt. It was based on the uber-bestselling book by Elizabeth Gilbert.

My biggest complaint about the film (I did not read the book) is that I did not like the main character. I found her to be shallow, selfish and not at all concerned with the people she leaves in her wake. In the end, her self-discovery did not add up to much in my book.

This film is essentially one part Food Network, one part Travel Channel and one part Lifetime TV for Women. One of the reasons I went to see this film was that I am a big fan of Javier Bardem but distressingly, he does not show up until one hour and forty five minutes after the film begins.

Save yourself a lot of time and just watch this two and a half minute trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crNaJjfY57g

Acting: Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert was Julia Roberts doing what she always does. James Franco as the rebound lover, David Piccolo, was James Franco as rebound guy. Richard Jenkins as Richard From Texas, is one of the finest character actors around and even he has trouble in this vapid wasteland. Viola Davis as Delia Shiraz is once again wasted in a film. Billy Crudup as the dumped husband was fine. Javier Bardem as Felipe is always good not matter what junk he appears in.

Trivia: Eat, Pray, Love, as of July 2010, has spent 180 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Predilection: I like Javier Bardem.

Critters: Birds, cows and an elephant.

Food: The food scenes in Italy were scrumptious. It made me want to order a pizza and have it delivered to the movie theater.

Sex Spectrum: Implied sex but none seen on the screen.

Soundtrack: A very predictable track.

Visual Art: The travelogue was quite lovely.

Theater Audience: About 20 other groaning souls.

Weather: Perfect.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I squirmed with disappointment.

Drift Factor: I was adrift a lot and looked at my watch often.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: 15 minutes over the Lobo Two hour rule.