Culture Club: Eat Pray Love (PG)
Readers review this week's film
Thursday 30 September 2010
"The way in which Italy is described reminded me of those stereotypical Merchant Ivory films... being Italian, I can guarantee you, is not all about ice cream..."
"Forty minutes too long. Julia Roberts and Richard Jenkins were exceptionally good, but lots of irritating bits in the film: what was that aerial shot of the Colosseum doing there?"
"The friend who accompanied me came to the conclusion, however cheesy, that her experiences of the film had allowed her to 'love again'. As a clinical psychologist who is engaged in Buddhist practice, I would say that Eat Pray Love is a fun movie with a serious message. The real tragedy of the film lies in the tailoring of spiritual experience for a highly commercial and inherently sceptical audience."
"I prefer the man's version: Shit, Shower, Shave."
Sarah J Berg
"I'm currently reading the book. I've just arrived in India."
"Julia Roberts did a great job playing a rather dislikeable, self-absorbed, prosaic author with a book advance to finance her vacation. It was actually an OK movie – beautiful scenery with a beautiful actress – better than the book."
"It's Sex and the City 3. But no less tedious... "
"As a very hardworking family woman, I find the film offensive in many ways."
"Terrible film... very self-absorbed. (Note that Italy, India and Indonesia all begin with I.)"
"Julia Roberts, one of the more thoughtful film stars? I must have blinked and missed it. Is there any evidence for this?"
"Why do so many people hate this film? Are you all that unhappy with your lives?"
"The worst film of the year."
"The book was better."
Katja M Edgar
"Awful beyond belief."
"Eat, Pray, Retch."
"I find the idea of watching a movie about a rich, white woman who is deeply unfulfilled even though she is rich, has a loving partner and is travelling the world to 'find herself' revolting. I'd rather watch a cockroach fight."
Leslie Gray O'Neil
"Garbage actress – hideous film."
"Why does a film rooted in such simplicity and elementary lessons in life such as Eat Pray Love need to be made? It is obvious there are those in the world who are in need of it."
"No. I didn't see it. I was too busy travelling the world on my own voyage of self-discovery and didn't have the need for a synthetic experience. But it looks great!"
"Not clear – what does she discover on this journey of self-discovery?"
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