Directed by Ryan Murphy, Eat Pray Love is a movie adaptation of the New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, �written by Elizabeth Gilbert. Based on Gilbert’s real-life experiences, the memoir focuses on Gilbert’s struggles with her divorce, from which she attained closure through her journeys across the world. Unfortunately, both the novel and the film appeal to a very specific audience, leaving all others in a coma-like state throughout the reading/viewing experience.
If you’re looking for a hilariously inappropriate but original film on which to spend some money, I have three words for you: The Other Guys. In this satirical buddy cop movie, Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg shine, while revealing the humor in the sad realities of today’s economic climate.
Everything about Burr Steven’s Charlie St. Cloud is predictable, except for the spiritual gravity and Christian undertones, rendering an otherwise teen “chick flick” a worthwhile expenditure. Based on a 2004 Ben Sherwood novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Charlie St. Cloud is a film about the consequences of a single promise.
While I certainly look back with fondness on the “Greatest Generation,” I can’t help but think that the superlative applied to it may be unwarranted. They did weather the Great Depression and defeat the National Socialists, but they also greatly empowered international socialists. These would be people such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who gave the big-government ball American history’s hardest push and made constitutional trespass an art form. And then there is something else: If we believe the truest measure of a person is how he raises his children, we should note that WWII-era Americans gave us Generation Zero.