Based on the best-selling memoir of American author Elizabeth Gilbert, this would-be chronicle of self-discovery is a self-indulgent, idealized travelogue that challenges you to care about the woes of the wealthy. Liz (Julia Roberts) is a successful NYC writer who leaves her doting husband (Billy Crudup) and the struggling actor (James Franco) with whom she's had a fling to reboot her life by living for a year in Italy, India and Bali. Each stop is essentially an extended pictorial; that the film is visually luxurious is no surprise given the involvement of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson. Roberts still lights up the screen, while Richard Jenkins walks away with the film as a Texas expat trying to repair his shattered life. Unfortunately, the film is also as shallow as an episode of director Ryan Murphy's Glee
. The film's linchpin is an emotional investment in Liz's bourgeoisie fantasy camp, which presents a life without consequences and calls it real life.