An Expat's Thoughts on Eat Pray Love

**Spoiler alert** If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet, I suggest you don’t read this.

I know I’m behind everyone on this, but Mexico often premieres movies a few weeks or even months behind the US. This weekend, we finally had the opportunity to see Eat, Pray, Love.

My thoughts:

-Julia Roberts’ hair looks INCREDIBLE. I’m pretty sure they put the sun directly behind her head in every single shot. I wish I had the ability to stage myself that way at all times.

-I’ve heard that “real-life Liz Gilbert” had other issues behind her divorce that she doesn’t want to discuss in the book/movie, so I won’t judge her. “Movie Liz Gilbert”, however, had no good reason for ending her marriage, and she didn’t even talk to her husband about her concerns so they could try to work things out. She just gave up. I agree with her ex that she is a “quitter”. After she left him, I couldn’t really like her for the rest of the movie.

-The scenery was gorgeous! In all 3 destinations.

-I am using this as the design inspiration for whenever I get the chance to build my own house (pending authorization from Jorge):

-I felt like even though she supposedly went out into the world to find herself, she spent the entire time following the advice of other people. Even in the end, she couldn’t make a decision on her own… she went after hot Brazilian guy only when the medicine man told her to. Seriously? A year of “finding yourself” and you couldn’t make the most basic relationship decision on your own by the end of it? Very disappointing, Liz. If I were single and met Javier Bardem, there would be no question about it!

-I thought it was pretty hilarious when she arrived in Italy and was appalled at the idea of heating water on the stove to bathe, because that’s how I’ve been showering for the last month (our water heater is broken and the weather is getting cooler). It’s actually not bad! I just heat up one pot til it boils and mix it with cold water. It gives me an entire bucket, which is more than enough to get very clean, wash my hair and use some moisturizing body wash. I can’t imagine how much water I’ve been saving, not to mention gas! You don’t realize the things you don’t really need until you have to live without them. Oh, the joys of expat life…

-Despite my frustrations with the main character, I enjoyed the overall idea of the movie, since I myself went abroad 5 years ago to see what else was out there… and I think we all know that went very well for me! The benefits of giving in to another culture and learning from it are indescribable, so I felt I could relate very easily to this film. There were many moments I identified with, like accepting that you won’t have all the comforts of home, crying hysterically because you just don’t get it, and sitting down at a table and realizing you’re surrounded by friends, even though you came here alone.

-If any of you are inspired to travel based on this movie… do it! Seriously, you don’t know what you’re missing. Living abroad is every bit as beautiful, gut-wrenching, challenging, and rewarding as this movie makes it out to be.

My Husband Jorge’s Thoughts:

-(When Richard from Texas was telling his story) “You see! THAT’S a sad story! I don’t know what kind of crap she’s been complaining about.”

-“It feels like they just hired an emo to travel the world, then made a movie about it.”

Ah, yes… nobody says things more poignantly than my husband.

15 thoughts on “An Expat's Thoughts on Eat Pray Love

  1. Great post, Laura! I think you captured the thoughts I had about the book and movie. Although I’m really an ex-expat, I’m visiting my inlaws in Buctzotz right now, and I had to laugh because I’m heating water to bathe with on the candela right this second. I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂

  2. I havent read the book or seen the film but read the synopsis and various reviews. I agree with you about her being a quitter. I don’t understand why she had to leave her husband (and in the film maybe not kids but in real life I read kids too?) to travel.

    When I’d had enough of my life and wanted a change, to see the world- I brought Connah with me!

    If you’re having problems/feel unhappy then talk to the other person. Who’s to say he wouldn’t have gone too and they’d have grown stronger?

    Rant over 🙂 xx

  3. I can see it now…

    “Laura look over there!”

    “I can’t, the sun has to be behind my head at all times”

    I liked the book, I haven’t seen the movie, but I have heard lots of people say they didn’t like it because it was whiney. Sometimes you have to put yourself first, even if you have no idea what you’re going to do.

  4. I like your insight! I agree that she kind of made herself unlikeable when she didn’t tell the whole story about her divorce. Because it made her seem really petty.

    LOVE Jorge’s comments!

  5. Haven’t watched the movie yet, but I did read the book a few years ago…

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I didnt’ like her after she left her husband. I mean, I tried to , but she seems like a very shallow person, who feels nothing but sorry for herself!!!

    Kinda pisses me off, and that’s why I haven’t even been looking forward to seeing the movie, but I will give in!! LOL!!

  6. I haven’t seen the movie, but your review is pretty much how every one of my friends who saw it felt. I pretty much feel as though a true person of character sticks around in a yucky marriage so that they can get to the light at the other end of the tunnel so it can be happy again. It is entirely possible!

    And I love, love, love Jorge’s view of the movie! It has me crackin’ up!

  7. Laura,

    I have to say I didn’t read the post because I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I wanted to comment anyway because I’m excited to see the movie! The buzz alone (both good and not so good) has me curious!

  8. Ok, i’m currently half way thru the movie (i’m at India rt now) and I totally agree w/ you on your review thus far. After she left her husband I kinda no longer liked her character. Everything all her running and fears just felt like bad chic whining. Right now, I wish I could give her a slap!

  9. Love Jorge’s take on the film. Hahahahaha.

    The one thing that kind of bothered me was that she was supposed to be travelling for a year, right? She took with her that teensy, tiny bag. But in every scene she’s got a brand new outfit. How??

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