Eat Pray Love Upsets Catholic Leaders, Anyone With Taste

Posted by PZ on August 18th, 2010

Actress Julia Roberts smiles during a news conference to promote her movie Eat Pray Love in Tokyo August 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)


Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts has caused some upset among Catholic leaders. In the film, Julia seeks to find some enlightenment of some sort (basically like a George Harrison pilgrimage through India but with Coach purses and cushy hotel rooms), and does a variety of praying – but – when in Rome, she doesn’t visit any of the churches – all of the scenes set in the Italian city focus solely on eating Italian food until sufficient tummy bloat is achieved, and ponderously chit-chatting about life as a menopausal woman on the cusp of a mental meltdown. A member of the Catholic News Service wrote about the film:

“Though she (Roberts’ character) seemingly hits every restaurant in town, she gives the churches a pass, the implication being that she knows better than to look to Catholicism for insight.”

They also rated it ‘L’ which apparently didn’t stand for “Loved it”, more like “content many adults would find troubling” – er, troubling? Only if you actually take the time to sit down and watch this adaptation of a book written for a bored housewife who is half tipsy on a bottle of reasonably-priced, supermarket-bought Merlot. The kind of  middle-aged woman half-thrilled by another woman’s bungling attempt to seek new cultural experiences and life-affirmation because they’ve never had the figurative balls to do it themselves, and are living vicariously through it on whatever night doesn’t have ‘Desperate Housewives‘ on the tv schedule. They’re probably already settled on their religious views anyway.

Category: Julia Roberts, Movie News