Eat, Pray, Love movie – live blog

In a bizarre twist of genius I bring together my book review of Eat, Pray, Love and my first (and indeed last) viewing of Star Wars to live blog my review of the Eat Pray Love movie.
I don’t know if I was drunk and thought it would be hi-lar-ious to put this DVD on my Lovefilm list or if Mr Thrifty thought it would be funny to watch me open the envelope hoping for ER Season 2 and find THIS but somehow, someway it has ended up in my living room, swirling around my DVD player and the government are thanking me for not downloading it illegally.
I’ve treated myself to a can of full fat coke and a Bounty, the likes of which Julia Roberts can never have set her eyes upon and umm, I’m about to press play.

- I’m turning the volume down lest someone in my building know what I’m watching.

- Ah a voiceover. A voiceover spoiled The Shawshank Redemption for me, I mean, how the hell can a ‘masterpiece’ revolve around a bloody voiceover? I’m well aware that I do voiceovers for a living but THIS is different.

- Oh hai, can I go abroad and take the best bits of your cultures and thought processes and mash them altogether to form my passage through my middle class life? Can I? Can I?!

 - Did she just roll her eyes because her husband has tried out different jobs and wants to go back to uni to do a masters? Really?

- You know when you cry you can either just have one tear rolling down your cheek or THE UGLY CRY? Well Julia Roberts has one too, full on ugly cry. With the vein bulging, the lot.

- ‘Everyword in Italian is like a truffle’ – dear me, I’m going to chunder.

- If someone took a busker’s guitar and played me a ditty I’d hurt them. With a saucepan.

- I HATE the way people pin all of these amazing hopes and dreams on an entire country. Why do people ‘wanna-go-da-Fraaaaaance’ all the time, why do they fall in love with Paris when the closet they have come to it is the final episodes of Sex and The City? This bitch is pinning her hopes on Italy and pasta. Because all Italy has is pasta. Shut up.

- I am 33mins in and I haven’t come across a single character that I like.

- The word for London is ‘stuffy’? Based on what? Churchill? And the word for Rome is ‘sex’? I can tell you for one sweetheart, I’ve lived in both and had a lot more sex in London than Rome (I’ll admit the Rome part was for 36 days) And better sex at that. Shut up.

- The meal she makes with the egg looks goooood. I wish I could eat egg.

- Jesus Christ, this woman is awful. AWFUL! I can’t even explain to you how truly awful she is.

- Stop examining your life and live it.

 - I find it strange that for all of her obsession with praying she never thought to think about it when in Rome, y’know the base for one of the biggest religions in the world. Perhaps it isn’t quite as trendy anymore?

- This is BULLSHIT. Why am I watching this?

- So this dude from Texas, Richard? I want to maim him.

- I’m thinking of adding a vodka to this coke to get me through the rest of this film. It isn’t worse that Sex and The City 2 but it is damn, near close.

- Oh yes, hearing the misery of another always helps me reach some kind of peace.

- You can’t hear me but I’m swearing a lot. A lot.

- I like the elephant, I name him Trevor.

- Did she just steal from that old man? She did, didn’t she?

- Is that Craig McLachlan?

- I’m turning it off before I start full on war on the idiot that wrote the book AND Julia Roberts.


P.S. What did you think of this film?


  1. Haha I watched the film too, I didn’t mind it as much as you did tho! I wouldn’t bother reading the book tho! :)

  2. I only watched it for the purposes of enjoying James Franco. I was disappointed.

  3. Haha, this is hilarious!!!! I have not seen that film and have no desire to. Anyone that thinks its transgressive to eat pasta deserves all the midlife crisising they get!

    I am now thinking of a terrible film to blog. or a really good one.

  4. We should have watched this together because DAMN.
    I am in agreement with every single point!
    I especially liked: Stop examining your life and live it.
    It was the main theme running through my mind throughout the whole sodding film.
    Oh, poor you. How awful that you have the space in your life to fuck off for bloody ages, the MONEY to just up and leave your life and I really pity that you have to listen to someone else tell you that their guilt and horrific depression MUST be worse than theirs because they almost KILLED THEIR OWN CHILD and are still paying for it. I’m SO GLAD you could hear that so you could decide that actually, life isn’t that fucking bad, it’s because you’re being an idiot at it.

    Phew! Thanks for that rant! And apologies for the caps lock. I get carried away….


  5. I watched the film a few months ago. I appear to have blanked out most of its content, until I read this post. Now, it’s all come screaming back.

    Suffice to say, I agree with your conclusion. It was shite.

  6. Haha that is fabulous! Love it! I haven’t read the book, I haven’t watched the film. I figured it would make me feel exactly the same as it’s made you feel….and I usually like Julia Roberts ;)

  7. Hahaha. It is pretty bad isn’t it?
    I kinda loved the book in a slightly guilty-but-not-really pleasure way. It’s not my usual thing but I did enjoy it. The film on the other hand, not so much. I did enjoy the gratuitous James Franco appearance (babe), but thought JR’s was all wrong for the role.

    Rosie xx
    Just Listen

  8. *giggles* See, I’ve not read the book nor watched the film, but I’ve read that many bad reviews of it, I feel like I *know* it….Julia Roberts hasnt made a film in ages that has been any cop, so thats a big warning bell for me right there…

    But I think you hit the nail on the head comparing it with SATC 2….we dont want to watch rich women moaning about non-existant problems whilst wearing/doing fabulous things, only for them to realise the bloddy obvious things we’d figured out for them in scene one!

    But I do enjoy your live blogging of films….much more please!!

  9. Just recently found your blog – hello! I had to read the book for book club and loathed every minute of her self-obsessed drivel with a passion! I saw the movie with a friend and it was downright bearable in comparison!! So my advice is not to waste a precious second of life reading the book!

  10. HA HA.
    I applaud you for sticking it out that long. I remember when it came I had to do some serious dodging from people I knew who wanted me to see it with them.

  11. Tina Of CAST FALL says:

    I liked it.

    weak smile

  12. After reading your film review I’m so glad that I have not wasted an hour and abit of my life watching it and I have learnt that if I ever fancy the idea of a sex filled holiday to give Rome a miss.

  13. Yay I was fearful that you were going to love it!

    I read the book (terrible)
    watched the movie (worse)

    last month, and couldnt agree more, it’s typical American scmultz.

    And I’m sorry but Julia needs to eat more!!

  14. Ha, I’ve totally avoided this film because I know my reaction would be exactly like yours… but with more violence!!


  15. I’ve not seen it but now I won’t be wasting any time/money trying to!! :)

  16. Funnily enough I just watched this two weeks ago and thought Julia Roberts character was self indulgent and the only reason the book was so popular was Oprah recommended it. Glad I didn’t waste time reading the book, because watching what I did was bad enough.

  17. Hahahahahaha! It’s shocking, isn’t it?! I kept clear of the book but my friend and I watched it on DVD so we could eat chocolate, and shout rude things at the screen.

  18. bloody hilarious – I love your write up! I couldnt face reading the book but thought the film would be ok – well we both know it sucks.

    More movie reviews please:)

    Amanda xoxox

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hahaha, loved this review! I haven’t seen the movies, just read some reviews… I’m allergic to stereotypes, especially the trite old ones about Italy. I remember reading that in this film JR rents a flat in Rome without running water!! Yes, because Italy is third world but that’s so bohemian and romantic to Americans!

    Btw, it’s not legal to rent a place without running water :-)

    And, doesn’t she eat gelato and pasta? Maybe not enough of those.


  20. This review cements my desire to never, ever, ever have anything to do with either the book/movie, and Julia Roberts. Plus, it made me laugh – thanks for writing it!

  21. This was fantastic! I have never read the book, and have never watched the movie. Thank you for reassuring me that I’d made the right decision. :)

  22. Anonymous says:

    love this review – please do more! Despite the hype this book never appealed, never wished to see the film and thanks to you I KNOW I made the right decision ;o) thank you!

  23. Hahaha I love this review! Just recently watched it despite being told I’d hate it and…yeah I hated it, altho the first half hour was ok I thought. Definitely not as bad as SATC 2 tho, it won my Worst Film of the Year award last year ;)

  24. I’ve been saving this post for when I needed it, I knew it’d be a good ‘un!
    Not seen it, not intending to. I’m still a bit distressed that I’ve seen SATC2.

  25. I’m so glad that other people thought this movie was a load of rubbish, I laughed reading your review.

  26. Hehe You read my mind on every single point. I HATED this movies with a vengence. I tried to read the book but could only make it through Italy before I wanted to google “how to murder idiotic fictional characters”… She pissed me off right from the get go and I tried, I really tried to love it all because everyone bloody other person in the world raved about it but I just couldn’t. I loathed it all. My older sister (shes 37, Im 36) then told me that she loved the book and the movie and it really made her think about her life. I almost lost all respect for her that day.

  27. I love that you hated this movie. I haven’t seen the movie, but I read most of the book (couldn’t finish it). A friend(?) of mine gave it to me and said it was wonderful. Worst. Book. Ever.

    I cannot STAND this character–horrible, navel-gazing, selfish, whiney, entitled idiot.

    Reading your post was cathartic. Thank you!

  28. Apparently I’m in the minority, in that I did not hate either this book or this movie. I don’t consider either of the particularly deep or enlightening, but they were entertaining. Like pretty much all bestsellers/blockbuster girl movies. I didn’t go in with high expectations (mainly I expected nice scenery) and I wasn’t disappointed.

    I have to say, though, I surprised at the amount of animosity (not just here, in general) that something as fluffy as this book/movie has managed to stir up. I mean, if you hate it then don’t read it. Or watch it. Move on to something you don’t hate. I mean, I saw SATC2 as well, it sucked, and then I moved on with my life. I guess I just don’t understand dwelling on how much you don’t like a person you’ve never met, who you only have to deal with within the confines of a page or a screen, who you can “turn off” whenever you want. I guess it makes more sense if you’ve got people in you life who gush endlessly about that person’s greatness, but still. I don’t get it.

  29. Hear, Hear, Sarah M!

  30. Loved to read this post and to find out that other people loathed this film as much as I did. Shouting at the television sort of film. Yours comments made me laugh and made the whole film come back to me in all of its pseudo-arty hatefulness.

  31. Haha – yes – it is a load of crock. I made my dad hire it mainly because a) I loved travelling in those three places and I liked the Florence and the Machine song in the trailer at the cinema. My family have banned me from ever coming to their house and choosing a film again.

  32. P.S. SATC2 was so damn awful that it actually turned around and became good again. Like when you drink so much that you become sober. Kind of.

Speak Your Mind