Eat, Pray, LoveIf you or someone you know has ever studied abroad in college -- or "Study a broad" as my father unfortunately called it -- you've certainly heard or experienced the trope about "finding yourself" in some far-off, exotic land. While travel affords the opportunity to learn and explore different cultures in a direct, visceral way, it can also set up the premise that one must journey far outside their comfort zone to discover how their life "should be."

In the new trailer for 'Eat, Pray, Love,' based on the 2006 memoir 'Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia' by Elizabeth Gilbert, Julia Roberts plays Gilbert, a thirtysomething writer unhappy with her marriage who decides to divorce her husband and spend the next year traveling the world. The book, which chronicled her four months each in Italy, India and Bali, struck a nerve with those feeling lost in life and became a smash, Oprah-endorsed hit. Eat, Pray, LoveIf you or someone you know has ever studied abroad in college -- or "Study a broad" as my father unfortunately called it -- you've certainly heard or experienced the trope about "finding yourself" in some far-off, exotic land. While travel affords the opportunity to learn and explore different cultures in a direct, visceral way, it can also set up the premise that one must journey far outside their comfort zone to discover how their life "should be."

In the new trailer for 'Eat, Pray, Love,' based on the 2006 memoir 'Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia' by Elizabeth Gilbert, Julia Roberts plays Gilbert, a thirtysomething writer unhappy with her marriage who decides to divorce her husband and spend the next year traveling the world. The book, which chronicled her four months each in Italy, India and Bali, struck a nerve with those feeling lost in life and became a smash, Oprah-endorsed hit.


Based on the trailer, the movie doesn't seem to stray too far from its literary source material. With lines like "I used to have this appetite for my life and it is just gone" and "I have not given myself two weeks of a breather just to deal with myself," the premise is set up nicely for those who have never heard of the book. We will give props, though, to the team behind the film for not giving away the entire movie, ending included, in the trailer, a trend we have been noticing more and more recently. ('Letters to Juliet,' you can't hide behind that Shakespearean home.)

The film, produced by Brad Pitt, co-stars Viola Davis, Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup and James Franco, opens Aug. 13. Spiritual advisors, Bikram yoga teachers and travel agents have already got Aug. 14 marked on their calendar with a big X.