The Meg Ryan-produced remake of "The Women" is coming to theaters, and along with it the message of "The Power of Now" guru Eckhart Tolle.
Oprah's guru, Eckhart Tolle, has a hidden message in a new film opening Sept. 12. The movie is a remake of George Cukor's timeless classic, "The Women," produced by and starring Meg Ryan, the actress who first turned Winfrey on to Tolle's new age teachings.
Even though "The Women" is directed by Diane English from her own screenplay, I was tipped off during last night's screening by a keen observer: there in the middle of "The Women," Meg's character, Mary Haines, learns how to overcome her husband's infidelity and father's insensitivities and achieve fame, success, and wealth. She must visualize this sentence: "What do I want?"
And so she does, with the words tacked up everywhere and spelled out suddenly in the middle of this story. It didn't mean anything to me at first, but of course, this is Tolle's new age crock pot calling card. It's right there on his own website, the whole menu of his simplistic gobbledy gook: his book, The Power of Now, "wanted to be written."
Tolle is clear about his philosophy: "Many times in my life it has been my experience that the most powerful starting point for any endeavor is not the question what do I want, but what does Life (God, Consciousness) want from me? How do I serve the whole?"
Ordinarily I might object to a little dose of new age voodoo in a film -- it's a little like another of Oprah's favorite things, Jessica Seinfeld's veggies hidden in more desirable food. But the remake of "The Women" is so otherwise lightweight and disjointed that a little Eckhart Tolle is almost welcome. Almost.
Tolle has been featured heavily on Oprah, and she helped propel the book to best-selling omnipresence. She made his book "A New Earth" a book club choice and taught online classes with Tolle.
Read the full report/review here, which contains major plot spoliers.