In American culture we are always so fascinated with the wonders and sorrows of the mid-life crisis, and Eat Pray Love shows one way to deal with life, when you realize everything has gone terribly wrong. After realizing that the confines of married life with a white picket fence is not for her, Liz (Julia Roberts) gets a divorce with her husband and decides to take year off to find who she truly is and what her purpose is meant to be.
Though her friends in New York think she is crazy, Liz travels to Italy, India, and Bali to indulge in delicious international foods, learn new languages, and expand her mind, spirit, and her waistline. Being a woman that has always been in a relationship with a man since she was 15 years old, Liz felt that it was about time to be independent, and feel passionate about something again, instead of just taking those boring parts of life and ‘making it work’.
It is inspiring to watch Julia Roberts play this role because I think it is such an uplifting thing to see a woman that is stuck in her life, to step up and step out of her comfort zone and realize that where she is isn’t working for her. Some might complain that the length of this movie is a bit excessive but I believe the movie highlights each part of Liz’s (Roberts) journey in finding herself perfectly. Though I would not recommend this film for all, if you have some time for a cultural and spiritual uplifting, this movie is for you.