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Boring, trite, improbable and hypocritical,
Second, this movie was trite. Reminiscent of the ego tripping of the 1960's, it added nothing new to any debate about anything--humanity, nature, individualism, all of these were possible topics. The movie touched on none of them.
Third, this movie was improbable. Liz wakes up one morning, deciding (for no ascertainable reason) to dump her husband and go on a year-long odyssey to discover something, or recover something, or whatever. She apparently has the funds to do this, which should come as a surprise to everyone (including herself) after her divorce. We certainly never see her worried about money or whether her mail will catch up with her, or how to pay her income taxes or credit card bills. In Italy, she eats pasta and moans about an increasing weight we certainly never see. In India, she stays on an ashram that seems to cater to spiritual tourists, but we never see her eating or sick. She never even gets dirty. In Bali, she takes on a huge commitment to transcribe ancient Balinese wisdom for a wise man, but abandons this endeavor without warning or excuse to spend three weeks (!) in bed with a handsome and very unusual Brazilian man. (When did any of you ever meet a gorgeous Brazilian man who was willing to be a househusband?)
Fourth, this movie represented selfishness and hypocrisy at extraordinary levels. She dumps her husband with no warning, no counseling, nothing. She goes where she wants and tramples upon whomever she wishes to crush. Given that she is on a mission of self-indulgence, it is shocking that she works to persuade a 17 year old Indian woman to marry the man her family has chosen for her. Why isn't this girl entitled to the same freedom that Liz feels is her own right? She does one thing that might be considered to be outside the solipsistic world she has created: she writes to her friends to ask them to donate money to a Balinese healer who desperately needs a house. But even that is staggeringly self-centered: she bases her request to them on the premise that, if she were in New York, her friends would be throwing a very expensive birthday party for her, to which they would bring expensive bottles of wine as gifts. What presumption!
In case you have read this far in this review, and in case, having read this far, you don't get the picture, this is a terrible movie.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2010 6:25:39 PM PST
D. Score says:
Posted on Nov 25, 2010 3:36:53 PM PST
I couldn't agree more. It's basically her journey to better living through self-absorption. "God dwells within you, as you". Seriously? The way of happiness is to be your own god? Please give me a break. The scenery had more character than the characters. A deeply stupid movie about an incredibly shallow person.
Posted on Nov 27, 2010 2:45:34 PM PST
I agree completely. What a waste of time to watch this movie. I was annoyed by Liz the entire time and turned it off twenty minutes before it ended.
Posted on Nov 30, 2010 5:58:07 AM PST
L. Sandlin says:
I agree, what a terrible movie. Julia Roberts is surely beautiful in this movie, but it was excruciating to watch...Julia had better pick better than this in the future or her career will hit the skids. I was hoping to at least enjoy the scenery...but what I got was stupid conversation, and yes, I thought to myself, didn't we find ourselves in the 60s?
I do not recommend this movie to anyone, nor the book.
Posted on Dec 6, 2011 8:04:18 PM PST
Mary McGreevey says:
I agree. This film provides interesting views of Italy, India and Bali, the rest you can fast forward. It was interesting to get the tour of the inside of an ashram, since I've heard about them but didn't know what they looked like. YOu're right that the protagonist is just a spoiled and silly soul roaming about for her own ego's sake, past the age of the typical young hippie chick with parents' money and help behind her. Yet, it could almost be an instructional film for young peole, esp. women, who think that chucking everything out the window - job, husband, kids, whatever - and roaming the planet will actually help. YOu'll be just as lonely and lost scrubbing the floor in a foreign country, or eating pizza with new friends there, as you would be in your home town, IF, like Julia Roberts, you don't commit and attach yourself to work and people where you ARE. Julia's new buddy, the big Texan, is the closest to telling her to wise up, go home.
Posted on Jul 9, 2012 1:48:46 PM PDT
Trite, arrogant, self important!
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