A successful writer (Julia Roberts) loses her way when she discovers that she is not happy in her marriage, but doesn't know what to do about it. She ventures into a relationship with a younger man, and then a trip to Italy, India and Bali before finding her answers. Based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Also with James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem, Hadi Subiyanto, Mike O'Malley, Tuva Novotny, Luca Argentero and Giuseppe Gandini. Directed by Ryan Murphy. [2:13]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman dance together and move slowly toward a bedroom, where the woman closes the door as they pass through (it is implied that they have sex). A woman and a younger man sit in a candlelit room talking, he caresses her bare arm and kisses her neck, and it is implied that they have sex.
► A woman and a younger man walk onto a beach at night; the man removes his pants (we see his bare buttocks, legs and back) for a swim and invites the woman to join him (she declines and leaves). A man and a woman swim and play in the water (they wear swimsuits). Men and women dance together in a few scenes and in one scene one man removes his shirt while dancing (we see his bare chest and abdomen). A woman sits in a bathtub with water covering her body (we see her bare knees and shoulders). Women wear low-cut dresses and tops in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut, lace-trimmed negligee (cleavage and bare legs are seen) while sitting alone in a room. We see people standing on platforms that are used as bathrooms in India and from a distance it looks like teenage boys with no shirts standing on top of the platforms. Several young men are shown bathing in a pool of water in a street in a couple of scenes. People are shown bathing in a stream (we see bare-chested boys and young men). Two women struggle to fit into very tight-fitting jeans and we see a small portion of one woman's bare abdomen and the waistband of her panties.
► A young man and a young woman kiss passionately on a street and he caresses her bare abdomen (we see her bare abdomen). A husband and his wife lie in bed together talking and she wears a low-cut negligee that reveals cleavage.
► A man and woman kiss while lying on a sofa. A man kisses a woman. Men and women kiss in a few scenes. A man kisses a woman on the forehead. A man kisses his adult son goodbye on the lips and although not sexual, the young man remarks about not liking it when he was a child.
► A woman and a younger man lie in bed together, she caresses his back and he goes to sleep. A man and a woman hold each other in bed. A husband and his wife hold each other while sleeping on a sofa.
► A woman tells another woman, "I have the perfect man for you" and "Everyone has a love affair in Bali." A woman remarks to another woman that all you want is "pasta and sausages," while making a gesture indicating that she is referring to male genitalia. A woman says that a younger man "folded my delicates" while they were doing laundry together. A woman remarks that a young man is "hot." A man tells a woman, "You are a hottie." A landlady informs a woman that she does not allow any "strange men" in the rooms. Several young men follow several young women in a street while making suggestive sounds and gestures. A woman hypothesizes about a man that, "He doesn't care, he's in the room with a naked girl." A woman asks another woman if she is a lesbian since she is not married. A man talks about his "mindless cheating." A man makes a crude remark about the size of mosquitoes in India. A man makes a remark about a fruit being like an "...orange made love to a plum." A woman is told that she has a bladder infection after having too much sex.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman on a bicycle is run off the road by an oncoming car and tumbles over a stone wall (we see a large, bloody cut on her leg later).
► A man and a woman argue and yell at each other. A woman yells at a man in a market and bites her hand as an obscene gesture. Three people yell and gesture with their arms and hands at people in the street.
► A man talks about being drunk one night and speeding into his driveway where his young son was riding his big wheel and nearly killing him. A woman talks about Cambodian refugees traveling on boats and describes the genocide they were escaping. A child visits a medicine man in Bali and we hear that she is tormented by demons, and a woman remarks that it looks more like teething, to which another woman remarks, "Same thing." A wife tells her husband that she doesn't want to be married. While touring underground ruins, a reference is made to homeless people using them as bathrooms. A man talks about cremation.
► Cars speed through narrow and crowded streets in India. An elephant approaches a woman and she pets its head nervously.
► We see people standing on platforms that are used as bathrooms in India.
PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word derivative, a young girl displays an obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms (1 mild), 10 mild obscenities, exclamations (shut up), name-calling (idiot), 1 religious profanity, 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man talks about doing too many drugs and drinking too much alcohol, and a man remarks that a sweet drink might have "methamphetamines in it." Many people drink alcohol at a beach bar (shots of Tequila, etc.) and we see one woman feeling the effects the next morning, a man and a woman drink wine with a meal, a woman drinks a glass of wine, people drink wine in many dining scenes and a man talks about being drunk and almost running over his young son.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, relationships, parenting, control issues, divorce, faith, infatuation, spiritual guidance, with doctors, family, arranged marriage, happiness, quitting, dreams, hate, vegetarianism, prophecies, possession, driving while under the influence of alcohol, entertainment vs. pleasure, making choices, moral imperatives, fear of change, security, transformation, heartbreak, marriage at 17, seeking truth, infidelity, living together out of wedlock.
MESSAGE - To be able to love another person you need to accept being vulnerable.