Unhappy New York travel writer Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) divorces her husband Stephen (Billy Crudup), before finding that new toyboy David leaves her feeling no more contented. Deciding she needs to focus on herself, despite her apparent charmed life, Liz leaves her job, her relationship and her home to embark on an around-the-world trip of self-discovery.
Aiming to rediscover her lust for life, Liz tours Italy, India and Bali, where she discovers the pleasures of eating, prayer and inner-peace. As Liz works towards fulfilment, she finds herself opening up to the idea of a healthy, happy relationship with charming Brazilian Felipe (Javier Bardem).
Based on the bestselling memoirs of the real Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love is directed and co-written by Glee and Nip/Tuck creator, Ryan Murphy. The exuberant quick wit and wicked dark streak of these TV hits isn't really evident in this much cosier big screen affair, though the film's stars and the luscious landscapes provide plenty of sparkle.
Roberts is typically magnetic, though some will find it hard to stomach her character's ever-so-earnest introspection, while Bardem, Crudup, Richard Jenkins and James Franco make up a strong supporting cast. Eat Pray Love might not appeal to everyone, but is certainly a visually pleasing slice of escapism.