The movie was good for its entertainment value such as: beautiful scenes of italy, bali and india, her unique outfits, and just an excuse to be lazy and watch someone else travel. So overall it was nice, just not realistic.
Now for the bad part. Its sooo fake. Its like a fairytale. Here’s what they try to make us believe:
1) MONEY IS OPTIONAL
She allegedly got divorced and had no money. But yet, she manages to take a trip to 3 countries and stay there for several years?? Not once did she even get a job to support herself. She stayed in pretty nice places for it to be “free”. She even had money to take italian classes from a hot tutor.
2) DESIGNER CLOTHES
How did she have the money? How did she have the time to go shopping? I didn’t see her go shopping. Her wardrobe was very nice despite the fact that she only traveled with “one little bag”. Not realistic at all! For a girl to carry such a small bag with barely any clothes or makeup, they would not look like julia roberts who would wake up freshly made up and with perfect boticelli curls. And we cannot forget how clean she looked while in India and Bali.
3) GIRLS ARE SO NICE AND EASY TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH
Not! In real life, girls couldn’t care less about other girls. But in this movie, she makes girlfriends easily. And in all the cases, they approached her. She didn’t have to do any effort. Its as if they knew she was the celebrity “julia roberts” even though shes “acting” like someone else. I’m sorry but in real life, girls are catty as can be!
4) LIFE IS PERFECT WHEN YOU TRAVEL
Nothing annoying or bad happened to her while she traveled. She wasn’t mugged. She didn’t really have a bad day. Things always worked out for her. That’s not realistic. The only time something “bad” happened ended up being “good”, like hurting her leg to meet the guy of her dreams.
5) GURUS ARE WAITING AROUND TO HELP WHITE AMERICAN GIRLS FIND THEMSELVES
Im not really sure what his intentions were. Exactly how was he benefiting from this relationship? Was he that lonely that she was his only friend? She only brought stress to the guru.
6) GAINING WEIGHT IN THE MOVIE MEANS WEIGHING 125LBS
The girl she met in Italy was complaining about gaining weight and she was so skinny. So they set out on a journey to find bigger jeans…whoa thats a great story. If that girl is fat, then I must be obese. I was laughing out loud when they were both in the dressing room trying to close her size 4 jeans on her obviously tiny body. It was sooo ridiculous because the jeans obviously fit her tiny ass. But they kept acting like she was the girl in the movie “Precious”.
7) MEN ARE LINING UP
For us normal looking folk, men don’t just appear the way they appear in this movie. If i went to a crowded play, i certainly would not catch the eye of the lead character. 1) because its crowded 2) because i don’t look like julia roberts
This movie is just an insight on what its like to be beautifully attractive.
8) WHAT THE HELL WAS SHE LOOKING FOR? DID SHE EVEN FIND IT?
I still don’t know what she wanted in the first place. I mean, i just thought she wanted a long vacation. But isn’t that what everyone wants? We just don’t have the money like she did. She claimed she wanted peace. But how exactly? In the form of a man? I thought the movie would be a little deeper than that. I think she was just bored the whole time.
9) POOR LIZ, HER LIFE WAS SO AWFUL BEFORE THE TRIP!
They didn’t convince me that her life was so bad before
She was in a mansion, friends, her cute husband, what was the problem? Well, they did’nt really show it if there was one. If it was an issue of editing, there were many other parts of the movie that i would have sacrificed so that they could add a scene about why she hated her life so much.
10) LIZ WAS VERY RESPONSIBLE TO LEAVER HER MARRIAGE OF 8 YEARS SO ABRUPTLY
I wonder if she even had a heartbeat. She didn’t give him a chance to fix it. And she left halfway around the world. I don’t think he was that bad. She acted like he abused her or something.
11) SHE’S NOT INDEPENDENT, BUT SHE THINKS SHE IS…..
Yeah, she did make the trip halfway around the world, BUT, she only makes decisions based on the guru/medicine healer’s opinion. In the end, she has no mind of her own.
12) LACK OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
james franco (david), richard and her husband didn’t really have good character development. They all just disappear into the void.
13) How did Felipe fall in love with her so fast?
They barely just met. I can’t figure this one out. Was it because felipes son told his dad that its time he have sex again?
14) POOR & MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS CAN’T HAVE ENLIGHTENMENT
Why? Because we don’t have the money to take years off our jobs and go to 3 countries and go on vacation.
15) The guru/medicine healer really needed subtitles. I tried hard to understand a word he said.
16) THE TITLE OF THIS MOVIE SHOULD HAVE BEEN “SELFISH AROUND THE WORLD”
Liz is selfish, not because she is trying to find herself but because of the way she is with other people in this movie. She doesn’t think of others while she is trying to find herself. They tried to make her seem so nice by giving the house to the family, but that was the only nice gesture. She didn’t care about anyone else ‘s feelings.
HERE’S WHAT THE MOVIE HAS TO OFFER:
1)A scenic break from our mundane lives that last about 2 hours.
2)It will make you think its time to go on vacation.
3)Will make you want to cook or eat italian food
4)Its fun to make fun of this unrealistic movie
But that’s all it is. Other than that, it was entertaining and i love julia roberts charisma and charm.
But don’t expect to find your own enlightenment here.