Last night I saw Eat Pray Love. All about a woman who is lost. Right?
I hated it. (I didn’t get past page 30 of the book either). And I wondered. Why? Why do 300 million people love this story in 48 languages, buy it, get inspired by it, and I hate it.
Like I wanted to leave. I wanted to scream over everybody’s head, why are you buying this BULL SHIT ?
I think I figured it out. It lacks authenticity. Credibility. Like when Precious makes good we cheered for her. We admired her for facing horrific challenges and demons. But this? This is the cliche of a spoiled pretty woman lost. Really, she’s more enviable than pitiable. She tells us she’s desperate but shows us a gorgeous home, handsome husband, intellectual parties, NYC at its brownstone best, cutest actor rebound boyfriend, rambling apartment in Rome, all the prosciutto, basel and Chianti she can consume, fabulous funny friends who adore her, then onto the super cleaned-up version of India where she befriends the “I don’t want to have an arranged marriage” cliche Indian girl while scrubbing picturesque mosaic floors (all along her hair is Fekkai perfect) ending with the inevitable photogenic Indian wedding ceremony. Then onto Bali (How awful, are we suffering yet? I am, by now I’m so hungry seeing all that Italian food earlier) Anyway. Once there she finds out, like duh, that “giving” makes her feel good about herself, things start looking up… and finally she smiles!
While bicycling through a gorgeous landscape she gets hit by Javier Bardem in his white jeep.
Tell me, who here doesn’t want to get run over by Javier Bardem?
Now she’s pissed off about that too!
After several scenes ( I only stayed this long because my friend Jessica swore there was steamy sex with Javier) of Roberts and Bardem having fully clothed sex behind bamboo doors the story reaches its end. (Phew).
The last scene is straight from the Bachelorette, radiant Julia at the end of the jetty, sun setting on the horizon, waiting for her knight in shining armor …
Fade out to “and they lived happily ever after.”
(Apparently not entirely, in real life the couple’s struggles continued because Javier, had “immigration” problems).
Now there is a movie I may watch:
Javier (without papers) in Arizona…. running his white Jeep over Julia Roberts on her bike…
Any suggestions for the title of that movie…?