Two widely watched movies from the early 2010s join Netflix this week with the additions of the Julia Roberts-starring “Eat Pray Love” and the animated “Turbo.” Neither earned much critical love, with the former even inspiring derision for its lack of nuance on subjects of wealth and class. Roberts’ character self-indulges for the sake of self-indulging to a legendary scale, but perhaps such a feat has made this watchable in a rubbernecking sort of way.
Netflix also adds an Original with the teen-centric “Tall Girl.” You can read more about all three movies below.
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“Eat Pray Love” ― Sept. 10
Details: This adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir of the same name tells the story of a recently divorced woman who leaves her New York City life to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia in search of a renewed lust for life. Through caring less about the American dream of success and opening her heart to carbs, spirituality and unexpected romance, this woman feels as if she can transform into a happier person.
Julia Roberts stars as the eater, prayer and lover. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, James Franco and Richard Jenkins. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and directed the movie.
“Eat Pray Love” runs 2 hours, 13 minutes.
Read on: Critics didn’t like this movie, and backlash to the plot put somewhat of an end to the storytelling trope of having rich white people travel to “exotic” locales to find themselves through personal indulgence. (See also Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” from a few years earlier.) Here’s how critic David Denby began his review of “Eat Pray Love” in The New Yorker:
“Eat Pray Love,” in which Julia Roberts plays the writer Elizabeth Gilbert — a divorcée looking for truth in highly photogenic locales — dribbles on for an eternity, sometimes intelligently and companionably, sometimes vacuously.