Sometimes there's a rare kind of film that comes along with a message that speaks to the very core of your being. The brand new Julia Roberts vehicle, Eat Pray Love, based on Elisabeth Gilbert's autobiographical tome of the same name, is just such a film.

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by bendyme

    on 8 Nov 2010 15:19

    Perhaps you should write about a film you have seen!

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by Rosko

    on 8 Nov 2010 03:17

    All scathing reviews should now be done with bare feet. It adds real gravitas to the slagging. huuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by Jules Wright

    on 12 Oct 2010 17:01

    Some films you just instinctively know are going to be total cobblers. It's Newton's Law of Film: in the year we had the dark fireball of Inception, we also had to have a seriously trite equivalent in order to maintain Hollywood's equilibrium of mediocrity. 'Sentimentality Porn?' Says it all.

    To be honest, something like Eat, Pray, Love - or Knight & Day, SATC2, The Back-Up Plan or anything else from yet another annual tsunami of mass-market stateside dreck - wouldn't be worth anything more than a shrug and a careful sidestep. But because Chris Nolan continues to take a hefty pick-axe to the notion that vapidity = good box office, the excuses for such a high incidence of eye-rolling, star-vehicle cr@p are running short.

    Our ideas, their money - so true, it's painful.

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  • Comment number 62. Posted by anne m

    on 11 Oct 2010 10:28

    I am so SICK of this tripe being marketed to women. The only women who will be remotely interested in this are wealthy,fit,extrovert women in huge houses longing for meaning that won't involve much more than eating and having sex with hot brazillians. I'm a poor, introvert, overweight woman. To top that off I'm suffering from a plethora of mental problems.

    I'm really not able to spend much more than the equivalent of 400 pounds on any trip I take, I can't speak intimately to random people, and I really shouldn't be eating everything I can get my hands on. As for hot brasillians suddenly popping up out of nowhere? I won't hold my breath.Oh and I'm a christian, not a pop-buddhist. Who are these perfect women in chick-flicks? Only one answer fits: ALIENS.

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  • Comment number 61. Posted by Rightflyer

    on 9 Oct 2010 20:40

    I don't want to to give them ideas but I have a horrible feeling that the next film from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will be called Munch Worship Shag.

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  • Comment number 60. Posted by AnnimalCrackers

    on 7 Oct 2010 00:46

    Your high sarcasm is delightful... and oddly relaxing.

    Perhaps as an antidote to this film's message, someone could suggest a film where someone learns to love him or herself by working to improve the lives of others, a surer method than lazing around indulging oneself.

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  • Comment number 59. Posted by jones_gone

    on 3 Oct 2010 16:11

    who was paying her mortgage while she was galavanting all over the world?

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by TheConciseStatement

    on 3 Oct 2010 02:29

    @Amber_

    I agree with the opinion that simply examining something up close doesn't necessarily mean you're cynically fetishising it. Indeed 'Eat, Pray, Love' would appear to be much guiltier of that crime : "Oh look at me hanging around with the quaint little foreigners. And sure being pushed into a miserable arranged marriage wouldn't work for me, but what with it being a different culture and all, it definitely seems more like your kind of thing."

    You know it's funny, your issue with the descriptor 'pornography' reminds me when Kermode himself referred to 'sentimentality porn' and I think it was with regard to the film Marley and Me. If I recall correctly, his assessment was fuelled by the view that the, shall we say, terminal ending was a gratuitous tug for the heart strings and Mayo raised a similar objection to his use of the expression that you have. I can't remember what my position on the matter was then. I think I was just blown away by - going on The Good Doctor's synopsis of course - yet another loathsome, insincere vehicle Jennifer Aniston had souped up for us.

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by john_g

    on 2 Oct 2010 21:43

    I stupidly ignored Mark's review and went to see Tamara Drewe (or Thursday Stew as my friend Loretta guessed during a round of Charades). What a feel-bad film it turned out to be. If Mark is struggling to understand the mentality that gave us this dire offering, can I suggest that it must be someone who thought it would be nice to make a Richard Curtis type film, but failed to take into account their personal anger, cynicism and emotional illiteracy.

    So this time I'm going to take Mark's review on-board and give this one a miss. If, however, it gets remade at some point by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, I'll be the first in the queue to see Drink Fe*k Women.

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by Jette Goldie

    on 2 Oct 2010 10:00

    I described the movie to friends as "A bit of a Curate's Egg" (good in parts). The Italian scenes were food porn, the Indian scenes were ok, the Bali scenes creeped me out. Not a movie that's going on my "must buy the DVD" list.

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