Lessons in Love from Julia Roberts Movies ...

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Arguably, Julia Roberts is the queen of romcom. Although she has made some serious movies, it is usually her romantic comedies that leave the greatest impression. They’re fun to watch and we can usually identify very easily with her characters in these movies. However, she has also played other roles that left their mark such as a crusading legal assistant (Erin Brockovich) or an inspirational teacher (Mona Lisa Smile). And her movies have lessons to teach us too …

1. We Always Want What We Can’t Have

One of the most universal messages in Julia Roberts’ movies is that we always end up wanting what we can’t have, best displayed in My Best Friend’s Wedding. It isn’t until Julia’s character Julianne’s best friend Michael is engaged to somebody else that she realizes she is actually in love with him, which sends both her life and his in to a whole tailspin of chaos! It leaves you to ponder an important question: do you really want the person, or just the idea of the person?

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2. Trust Your Instincts

Just as Julia displayed in the amazing true story Erin Brockovich, trusting your gut and going with your initial instincts is sometimes the best course of action to take. Erin had the courage in her convictions to continue fighting the huge corporations, and eventually won justice for herself and for those she was fighting for.

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3. Relationships Aren’t Easy

You’d think any couple that looked like Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt would never have any troubles, but this certainly isn’t the case in The Mexican when a clumsy criminal has to work to win back the trust of his girlfriend as they go on a crazy road trip to transport an expensive and historic stolen gun. The film is a lesson in the fact that relationships take hard work and trust!

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4. Good Communication is a Must

The best of Julia Roberts’ films for this particular message is definitely Notting Hill. As film star Anna who falls in love with a nerdy British bookshop owner played by Hugh Grant, the romance is continually made complicated by a series of poorly timed arrangements and misunderstandings. It’s frustrating to watch, but it reminds all of us that the key to a successful relationship is clear communication!

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5. Failed Relationships Don’t Define You

As Maggie Carpenter in Runaway Bride, Roberts plays a spirited young lady who is infamous for abandoning men at the altar. However, what the film teaches us is that just because you have had unsuccessfully romances in the past, this does not mean that you are cursed forever. The right one will come along some day!

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6. Step out of Your Comfort Zone

From the pen of Elizabeth Gilbert (have you read her new book?), Eat Pray Love, teaches us that sometimes to find self worth and personal happiness, you must push your own boundaries and step outside of your comfort zone. Opening yourself up to new experiences that you had never previously considered can enrich your soul and give you the contentment that you searching for.

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7. Be Yourself!

In Mona Lisa Smile, Julia plays a woman called Katherine who is an artistic, free thinking and open minded teacher who is not afraid to be herself in a stuffy 1950’s conservative girl’s school. The film gives the message that is important to be yourself and not let the values and attitudes of others stop you from exploring your own views and beliefs. Don’t sacrifice your happiness for the contentment of others.

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What’s your favorite Julia Roberts movie? Mine is Steel Magnolias) And what do you think is its important message.