Down East 2013 ©
Well, me and the girls went to see that new movie, “Eat Pray Love” in Bangor the other day. Or “Eat Snooze Love,” as we called it. For the two of you who don’t know the plot, why don’t I completely give it away? It doesn’t matter. You’ll want to see it anyway for the hunk factor alone.
The movie is based on the real life book by this gal Elizabeth Gilbert, who gets divorced, then spends a year traveling around living in Italy, India, and Bali.
Celeste, Rita, Betty, Dot, Shirley and me “read” the book for our book group awhile back. (Book group! More like the “eat, talk, eat some more, did anybody read the book?” group!) Anyway, personally, I never made it all the way through “Eat Pray Love.” I skimmed the beginning when she’s in New York City, because I wanted to get to Italy. That part was kind of fun. Heck, I love reading about food. But once she got to India, I kind of gave up. I never did make it to Bali. I knew what happened, though, because I saw Liz interviewed on Oprah.
Still, I wanted to see the movie because I love Julia Roberts. And (spoiler alert) that actor who plays Felipe, the guy she falls in love with in Bali? Wow! I knew I could make it through India if Felipe was waiting for me at the end!
Us girls went to a matinee, and the theater was just plumb chucka full of middle-aged women, all hunkered down with their favorite treats. Oh, and a few men hoping to get lucky that night! Let’s face it: that’s the only reason a man has for going to one of these chick flicks. Am I right?
The movie was pretty much what you’d expect. Better than the book, though, because they didn’t include too much of Liz’s wonky narration. It’s best to stay out of Liz’s head, because she has a way of making things a lot more complicated then they need to be. Like the book, I was glad when we got out of New York and into Italy. Watching Julia Roberts eat pasta, pizza and gelato in her sparkly way worked for me. And, lets face it, those Italian guys are easy on the eyes.
But alas, she’s still not happy, so Liz goes to India, of all places. What a culture shock! (That guy who played Richard from Texas, though, got me crying. Two points for that.)
But from what I can tell, besides a lot of sitting and sweating, nothing much happens in India for Liz. Toward the end, she forgives herself for leaving her marriage and then breaking the heart of her rebound boyfriend (which I don’t think she needed to go to India to do) and then an elephant comes up to her, she pets it, and heads off to Bali.
Now we’re starting to get excited for her to meet our man, Felipe. But Liz has to wallow around a little more, ride a bicycle, and do some photocopying for an old wise man with no teeth, who tells her the key to life is being happy and balanced. Listen, she could have saved her money and come to Mahoosuc Mills, and I’d of told her that!
So, Liz is riding her bike and gets run off the road by Felipe, and that’s how they meet. But of course she doesn’t like him, because he almost killed her. But she goes to a medicine woman to get patched up, and she’s invited to a party where she meets Felipe again. Still, no go. Instead, he watches her party hardy with some cute Australian guy.
Here’s where it gets interesting, and Liz has her biggest revelation, in my opinion. She and the Australian guy stumble down to the beach. He wants them to go “swimming,” so he takes off his clothes. Liz stares at him in all his buck-naked splendor and walks away! Finally, we’re getting to the heart of it. Liz likes to travel, so what she really needs is not a fun-loving, irresponsible boy toy, but a mature fella who keeps her grounded. Which, hello, just happens to be the kind of guy Felipe is.
So Felipe and her start hanging out and eventually fall in love. It takes a while, because they’d both been hurt before, but finally, he decides it’s time to get intimate. This was the money scene for me.
It wasn’t this mad kissing and ripping each other’s clothes off as they walk backwards to the bedroom, where no one is paying attention where they’re going, and you’re always afraid one of them is going to stub their toe or plow into a light fixture. No, Felipe and Liz are reading quietly one night, and he has on reading glasses that make him look amazingly sexy (I know, I must be getting old). Felipe takes off his glasses, gets up, puts on some romantic music, walks over and takes the book from her. Then, Liz stands up, and he kind of slow dances her into the bedroom.
Now, all of that sounds sexy, right? But, I swear, the sexiest thing Felipe does is when he takes that book from her. Instead of tossing it aside, he carefully folds down the corner of the page she’s on, so she doesn’t lose her place. That, mister man, now that is sexy!
OK, so here’s my rating: two Kleenex, hunk factor high. Leave your husbands behind, gals. This one’s for you and a king size box of Junior Mints!
That’s it for now. Catch you on the flip side!
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