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Julie & Julia (2009)

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  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 August 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 123 min
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  • IMDb page: Julie & Julia (2009)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 36,920 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 August 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 123 min
  • Filming Location: 12-17 38th Avenue, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $118,552,598(Worldwide)
  • Director: Nora Ephron
  • Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and Chris Messina
  • Original Music By: Alexandre Desplat   
  • Soundtrack: Time After Time
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Cook | Cooking | Book | Blog | Recipe

Writing Credits By:

  • Nora Ephron (screenplay)
  • Julie Powell (book "Julie & Julia")
  • Julia Child (book "My Life in France") and
  • Alex Prud'homme (book "My Life in France")

Known Trivia

  • Because of Meryl Streep’s height (5’6″) several camera/set/costume tricks had to be employed to mimic Julia Child’s height (6’2″). Countertops were lowered, Streep wore extra high heels, and forced perspective camera angles were used.
  • Eric Powell’s quote (“I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by”) was originally made by Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Eric explains this himself, immediately after delivering the line.
  • Both the Paris and Boston train terminal shots were done in the beautifully restored New Jersey Transit Hoboken Train Terminal waiting room.
  • This is the second film that Meryl Streep has appeared in that has the name “Julia” in the title. The first was her film debut, Julia, in 1977.
  • Scenes featuring Dave Annable of Brothers & Sisters as a friend of Julie’s were cut from the final film.
  • Julia Prud’homme, who plays the bridge teacher in the film, is Julia Child’s grand-niece.
  • ‘Stop The Train’ by ‘Henry Wolfe’ is included in the soundtrack. Henry (Real name Henry Gummer) is Meryl Streep’s son.
  • Meryl Streep gained as much as 15 pounds while filming the movie.
  • Paul Child was 10 years older than Julia Child, however in reality Meryl Streep is 11 years older than ‘Stanley Tucci’.
  • The Publishers at Houghton Mifflin show Julia Child a cookbook entitled ‘Real Home Cooking’ by an author named Della Simmons. Both the book and author are strictly fictional as there was no such book by an author with that name.

Goofs: Anachronisms: At the beginning of the film,

Plot: Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. Full summary »  »

Story: Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.Written by Columbia Pictures  

Synopsis

Synopsis: In 2002, Julie Powell is a young writer with an unpleasant job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s call center, where she answers telephone calls from victims of the September 11 attacks and members of the general public complaining about the LMDC’s controversial plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center. To do something she enjoys, she decides to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) and blogs to motivate herself and document her progress.

Woven into the story of Powell’s time in Queens in the early 2000s is the story of Child’s time in Paris throughout the 1950s, where she attends Le Cordon Bleu to learn French cooking and begins collaborating on a book about French cooking for American housewives. The plot highlights similarities in the challenges encountered by both of them. Both women get much support from their husbands, except when Powell’s husband becomes fed up with her excessive devotion to her hobby and leaves her for a short time.

Eventually, Powell’s blog is featured in a story published in The New York Times, after which her project begins to receive the attention of journalists, literary agents, publishers, and a dismissive response from Child herself. Although Child’s book is rejected by Houghton Mifflin, it is accepted and published by Alfred A. Knopf. The last scene shows Powell and her husband visiting Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian Institution and Child in the same kitchen receiving a first print of her cookbook and celebrating the event with her husband.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Bernard known as line producer: Paris
  • Dianne Dreyer known as co-producer
  • Nora Ephron known as producer
  • Donald J. Lee Jr. known as executive producer
  • Laurence Mark known as producer
  • Amy Robinson known as producer
  • Scott Rudin known as executive producer
  • J.J. Sacha known as associate producer
  • Eric Steel known as producer
  • Dana Stevens known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Meryl Streep known as Julia Child
  • Amy Adams known as Julie Powell
  • Stanley Tucci known as Paul Child
  • Chris Messina known as Eric Powell
  • Linda Emond known as Simone Beck
  • Helen Carey known as Louisette Bertholle
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub known as Sarah
  • Jane Lynch known as Dorothy McWilliams
  • Joan Juliet Buck known as Madame Brassart
  • Crystal Noelle known as Ernestine
  • George Bartenieff known as Chef Max Bugnard
  • Vanessa Ferlito known as Cassie
  • Casey Wilson known as Regina
  • Jillian Bach known as Annabelle
  • Andrew Garman known as John O'Brien
  • Michael Brian Dunn known as Ivan Cousins
  • Remak Ramsay known as John McWilliams
  • Diane Kagan known as Phila McWilliams
  • Pamela Stewart known as Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu (as Pamela Holden Stewart)
  • Jeff Brooks known as Minister
  • Frances Sternhagen known as Irma Rombauer
  • Brooks Ashmanskas known as Mr. Misher
  • Eric Sheffer Stevens known as Tim
  • Brian Avers known as Garth
  • Kacie Sheik known as Annette
  • Megan Byrne known as Woman at the Party
  • Deborah Rush known as Avis De Voto
  • Helen Coxe known as Dorothy De Santillana
  • Amanda Hesser known as Herself
  • Maryann Urbano known as Dinner Guest
  • Simon Jutras known as Dinner Guest
  • Felicity Jones known as Dinner Guest
  • Meg Kettell known as Simca's Concierge
  • Stephen Bogardus known as Scott McLeod
  • Byron Jennings known as Houghton Mifflin Executive
  • Kelly AuCoin known as Houghton Mifflin Executive
  • Richard Bekins known as Houghton Mifflin Executive
  • Luc Palun known as The Chestnut Vendor
  • Rémy Roubakha known as Oyster Man
  • Marceline Hugot known as Madame Bernheim
  • Erin Dilly known as Judith Jones
  • Robert Emmet Lunney known as Bill Koshland
  • Guiesseppe Jones known as Mailman
  • Jeff Talbott known as Interrogator
  • Johnny Sparks known as Interrogator
  • Simon Feil known as GI
  • Paul Borghese known as GI
  • Mark Gindick known as GI
  • D.L. Shroder known as GI
  • Darin De Paul known as GI
  • Tom Galantich known as American Ambassador
  • Allyn Burrows known as Waiter in Paris Café
  • Cenovia Cummins known as Musician at the Wedding (as Natalie Cenovia Cummins)
  • Maxim Moston known as Musician at the Wedding
  • Shmuel Katz known as Musician at the Wedding
  • Paul Ognissanti known as Musician at the Wedding
  • Eric G. Halvorson known as Musician at the Wedding
  • Julia Prud'homme known as Bridge Teacher
  • Dimitri Radochevitch known as Fish Monger
  • Emmanuel Suarez known as Baker
  • Christelle Cornil known as Baker's Wife
  • Françoise Lebrun known as Baker's Mother
  • Teddy Bergman known as Cobb Salad Waiter
  • Jean-Pierre Becker known as Fruit Store Owner
  • Mark Wilkins known as Butcher
  • Jamie Hall known as Cheese Guy
  • Francesco David known as Butcher
  • Denise M. Whalen known as Dancer
  • Luis Villabon known as Dancer
  • Valentine Aprile known as Dancer
  • Alexander Brady known as Dancer
  • Roy William Gardner known as Exhibit Guest
  • Dianne Dreyer known as American Housewife
  • Evelyn Taucher known as Hat-Making Teacher (as Evalyn B. Taucher)
  • Mary Kay Place known as Julie's Mom (voice)
  • Gerard Adimando known as Diplomat at the Wedding (uncredited)
  • Dan Aykroyd known as Himself (uncredited)
  • Ira Berkowitz known as Paris Train Porter (uncredited)
  • Beth Campbell known as Bridge Player (uncredited)
  • Lou D'Amato known as French Bureaucrat (uncredited)
  • Steve Dash known as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Nancy Digonis known as Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Francis Dumaurier known as Looping Voices (uncredited)
  • Corby Kummer known as Guest at Embassy Party (uncredited)
  • Fran Lieu known as Dinner Guest (uncredited)
  • Lauren McCune known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Trish McGettrick known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Alyssa Polacsek known as French Maid Server (uncredited)
  • Jackie Prucha known as Office Worker (uncredited)
  • Peter Riga known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Robert Sciglimpaglia known as Railroad Commuter (uncredited)
  • Stacey Scotte known as Cooking Show Guest (uncredited)
  • Harry L. Seddon known as New York City Subway Conductor (uncredited)
  • Ken Sladyk known as Paris Train Porter (uncredited)
  • Joey Sontz known as Wedding Dancer (uncredited)
  • Tom Stratford known as Gangster (uncredited)
  • Paul Thornton known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Jonah Triebwasser known as Paris Train Conductor (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Valkanas known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Wenk known as NY Times Photographer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jerry DeCarlo known as hair department head
  • J. Roy Helland known as hair stylist: Ms. Streep
  • J. Roy Helland known as makeup artist: Ms. Streep
  • Catherine Jabes known as key hair stylist: Paris (as Cathy Jabes)
  • Kyra Panchenko known as makeup department head
  • Aurélie Rameau known as additional make up artist
  • Florence Roumieu known as key makeup artist: Paris
  • James Sarzotti known as key makeup artist
  • Peggy Schierholz known as key hair stylist (as Peg Schierholz)
  • Laurence Grosjean known as additional makeup artist: Paris (uncredited)
  • Irène Jordi known as additional makeup artist: Paris (uncredited)
  • Sherri Berman Laurence known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Anita Roganovic known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Olivier Seyfrid known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Amy Spiegel known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Jean Luc Villeneuve known as makeup artist: Paris (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Anthony Baldasare known as assistant property master
  • Diana Burton known as property master (as Diana E. Burton)
  • Patrick Campbell known as storyboard artist
  • Luke Cantarella known as assistant art director (as Luke Hegel-Cantarella)
  • Jeremy Chapelet known as construction manager: Paris (as Jérémie Chapelet)
  • Pierre Choumeurthe known as property master: Paris
  • Hélène Dubreuil known as set decorator: Paris
  • Joseph Garzero known as charge scenic
  • Jonathan Graham known as key construction grip
  • Bruce Lee Gross known as leadman
  • Gregory Hill known as graphic artist
  • Gay Howard known as art department coordinator (as G.A. Howard)
  • Claire Kirk known as art department coordinator
  • Ana Lombardo known as assistant property master
  • Robin McAllister known as assistant property master (as Robin Voth)
  • Rebecca Meis DeMarco known as assistant set decorator
  • Nick Miller known as construction coordinator
  • Antonio Nogueira known as prop buyer
  • Blythe R.D. Quinlan known as assistant art director
  • Mick Rossman known as camera scenic
  • Amy Safhay known as lead greensperson
  • Joel Tishcoff known as key construction electrician
  • Bettina von den Steinen known as art director: Paris
  • James Whelan known as on-set dresser
  • Jason Brown known as second set dresser (uncredited)
  • Lou Charles known as additional set dresser (uncredited)
  • Elan Dassani known as computer graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Alexander Garzero known as scenic shopman (uncredited)
  • Apache Gonzalez known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Doug Huszti known as assistant art director (uncredited)
  • Imogen Lee known as set decoration production assistant (uncredited)
  • Thomas Lemierre known as swing gang (uncredited)
  • Kimberley Lieber known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Eric Pastore known as props (uncredited)
  • Michael Powsner known as props (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Santucci known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Todd Seidman known as assistant art director (uncredited)
  • Zach Selter known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Greg Voth known as graphic artist: props (uncredited)
  • Alexis Weiss known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Joan Winters known as graphic designer (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Easy There Tiger Productions
  • Scott Rudin Productions

Other Companies:

  • Atlantic Cine Equipment  technocrane
  • Brainstorm Digital  titles
  • C5  post-production sound services
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Grant Wilfley Casting  extras casting
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing  vintage clothing rentals
  • Henry's International Cuisine  catering
  • Klass Security and Investigations  film security (uncredited)
  • LCW Props  set equipment
  • Le Vestiaire  costume rental
  • Old School Cameras  camera equipment provided by
  • Pacific Studios Inc.  chromatrans background
  • Paws for Effect  animals provided by
  • Peninsula Films  production services: Paris
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Sound One  post-production sound services
  • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting

Distributors:

  • Columbia Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • ACME (2009) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Falcon (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • ITA Film (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Lifetime (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Belgium) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (France) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Brainstorm Digital (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Glenn Allen known as visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
  • Justin Ball known as associate visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
  • Matthew Conner known as senior matte artist: Brainstorm Digital
  • Richard Friedlander known as visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
  • Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman known as lead compositor: Brainstorm Digital (as Chris Wesselman)
  • Jun Zhang known as lead compositor: Brainstorm Digital
  • Daniel Abramovich known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ella Boliver known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Kyle Boylen known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Leslie Chung known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals (uncredited)
  • Manuel Rey Gonzalez known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Noel Hooper known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Philippe Majdalani known as digital intermediate assistant producer (uncredited)
  • John Mangia known as digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
  • Sean Mattini known as digital colorist assistant (uncredited)
  • Mitch Paulson known as second digital colorist: EFILM (uncredited)
  • Eric J. Robertson known as visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm digital (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 30 July 2009 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Canada 7 August 2009
  • USA 7 August 2009
  • Germany 3 September 2009
  • Switzerland 3 September 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 4 September 2009
  • France 5 September 2009 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • Ireland 11 September 2009
  • UK 11 September 2009
  • Netherlands 13 September 2009 (Film by the Sea Film Festival)
  • France 16 September 2009
  • Switzerland 16 September 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 17 September 2009
  • Greece 18 September 2009 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Brazil 25 September 2009 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Estonia 25 September 2009
  • Czech Republic 1 October 2009
  • Slovakia 1 October 2009
  • Finland 2 October 2009
  • Norway 2 October 2009
  • Australia 8 October 2009
  • Israel 8 October 2009
  • Lebanon 8 October 2009
  • Bulgaria 9 October 2009
  • Colombia 9 October 2009
  • Latvia 9 October 2009
  • Lithuania 9 October 2009
  • Poland 9 October 2009
  • Sweden 9 October 2009
  • Belgium 11 October 2009 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 14 October 2009
  • Philippines 14 October 2009
  • Hungary 15 October 2009
  • Netherlands 15 October 2009
  • Russia 15 October 2009
  • Singapore 15 October 2009
  • Slovenia 15 October 2009
  • Ukraine 15 October 2009
  • Denmark 16 October 2009
  • Romania 16 October 2009
  • Taiwan 16 October 2009
  • Greece 22 October 2009
  • Italy 22 October 2009 (Rome Film Festival)
  • New Zealand 22 October 2009
  • Peru 22 October 2009
  • Brazil 23 October 2009 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Iceland 23 October 2009
  • Italy 23 October 2009
  • Mexico 23 October 2009
  • Croatia 29 October 2009
  • Spain 6 November 2009
  • Portugal 19 November 2009
  • Panama 20 November 2009
  • Hong Kong 26 November 2009
  • Brazil 27 November 2009
  • South Korea 10 December 2009
  • Japan 12 December 2009
  • Malaysia 4 February 2010
  • Japan 13 November 2010 (Toyohashi Slowtown Cinema Festival)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality

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  1. Danusha Goska (dgoska@yahoo.com)
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    The good parts of "Julie and Julia" are so darn strong, beautiful, andnew that J&J becomes an instant classic. Grateful audiences are goingto be laughing and crying and being inspired by this movie for a long,long time. The Julie portion is the weaker of the two, but not so weakthat it sinks the film.

    Meryl Streep as Julia Child is one of the most endearing, arrestingperformances ever. That the real Julia Child and her groupies irritateme no end in no way interfered with my appreciation of Streep's amazingcharacterization. I laughed and cried several times, I was so engagedin the cinematic Streep/Child's story.

    Streep's chemistry with Stanley Tucci as Paul Child, Julia's husband,is breathtaking. No attempt is made to make Streep or Tucciconventionally attractive. No attempt is made to make them look youngand dewy – they weren't – Julia married Paul when she was in herthirties and he was ten years older. Julia is tall; Paul is short;Julia is loud; Paul is bald, quiet and retiring. It is implied thatthey can't have children. They don't share conventionally romanticmovie moments; they don't "meet cute," there's no candlelight, no slowdances, no full frontal nudity, no vulgar language (with one hilariousexception involving cannelloni).

    All Paul and Julia do is share the drudgery and rewards of workinglife: hers as a cook, his as a state department official. The key toStreep and Tucci's chemistry is that they portray two characters wholove each other. Watching a loving, married couple in a marriage thatworks is one of the great, and sadly rare, pleasures of this film.Steep and Tucci are every bit as charismatic a couple as Tracy andHepburn. Jane Lynch is also brilliant in a small role as Julia'ssister.

    The Julia segments take place in post-war Paris, and the Paris of thisfilm, one of elegant cafes, haute couture and vintage cars, issomeplace we all wished we lived (except for the ever-present cigarettesmoke.) No matter how you feel about cooking, the film gets you to careabout Julia's slowly being drawn into her destiny as one of thelegendary chefs of all time. You also care about, and respect, Paul,his career and its ups and downs in the McCarthy era, and his supportof his wife.

    The Julie Powell portion of the movie is the weaker portion. I reallylike the film's structure of switching back and forth betweencontemporary Queens and post-war Paris, contrasting a career woman'sattempt to cook all of Julia Child's recipes with Julia Child herself,before she became famous. I just think that the film fails its ownstructure by simply not making the Julie Powell portion as interestingas the Julia Child portion. Some have complained that Queens isdepicted as being too dismal, and Paris too elegant. It's more thanthat, though.

    I think Ephron, a brilliant filmmaker, drops the ball with Julie Powellbecause she never engages the tough questions about Powell'sexperiment. Was Powell just someone eager for fame in the Warhol era of"Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes"? Was Powell parasitizingChild's fame? Was Powell a bad wife to her husband as she obsessed oncompleting her self assigned task? Have blogs killed quality writing?Was Julia Child correct in her condemnation of Powell? I am not sayingthat the answer to any of the above questions is "Yes." I'm not bashingJulie Powell. I'm saying that by not engaging them, Ephron made theJulie portion of the film simply not as interesting as it could havebeen had these very real questions been engaged. Instead, Ephron triesto turn Julie into a cute, bland Meg Ryan character, and it neverworks, not for an instant. When Powell has lunch with her career galfriends, her friends are such Gordon Gecko style sharks that we careless for Powell for being so needy as to want to impress them. Theabsolute worst scene in the movie comes when Powell, who has never beendepicted as feeling happy or fulfilled, not with her job, not with herhusband, not with her home life, plays 65 answering machine messagesfrom agents, editors, and publishers who want to make her famous. Asthese messages play, she has sex with her husband, and her husband'scomment lets us know that this is the first time in a long while thathe has experienced satisfaction from his wife.

    The message of that scene is so tawdry, it cheapens the glow created bythe Julia portion of the film, that shows Julia Child achievingsatisfaction *before she ever becomes famous*. Julia *loved* cooking.Julia *loved* her husband. Yes, she celebrates when Knopf wants topublish her book, but she is so divorced from the rat race that shedoesn't even know how to pronounced "Knopf" – whether the initial K issilent.

    Julie Powell is depicted as needing fame to feel good about herself,and the movie never interrogates that. Had it done so, the Juliesegments would have been as interesting as the Julia ones.

    In any case, this is a great film that will enjoy a much deservedembrace by its fans.

  2. emshark from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    I was lucky enough to receive tickets for an advance screening, and wasplenty excited about attending.

    There was a slight hiccup when someone started the film 15 minutesbefore it was meant to start so they stopped it ten minutes in and thenrestarted it again at the actual time. This actually was not annoyingat all because it gave me a chance to look at the background details.Mid-20th century Paris is beautifully rendered and early 20th centuryNew York is given gritty charm with a primary setting of an apartmentover a pizza parlor.

    Now I know it was an advance screening and everyone was excited to bethere, thus much more prone to laugh, but honestly, this film hadbrilliant moments of humor in it. Myself, friends, and the rest ofaudience had a number of laugh-out-loud moments. A lot of these stemfrom the mannerisms of Julia Child, which are as incredibly endearingas they are humorous.

    Meryl Streep's acting is, of course, superb. Though my familiarity withJulia Child is a combination of what seems to be legend, a visit to herkitchen in the Smithsonian, and Dan Akroyd's SNL impersonation, Merylplays Julia so charming and so convincing, you can't help but feel likeJulie and fall a little in love with her. On screen, Meryl's Juliabrought a constant smile to my face.

    Amy Adams is also wonderful, and I really connected with her as JuliePowell. She also does great humor. I found her to be very subtle in herapproach and even quite sympathetic when not going through her goodmoments. Chris Messina as Julie's husband, Eric, does a lot to keepthese moments fresh. Finally, Stanley Tucci as Paul Child plays welloff Meryl, and dare I as a 21-year-old say it about actors so mucholder than me? Meryl and Paul honestly have great chemistry.

    What really steals the show and appears great on cinema is both Juliaand Julie's cooking expenditures. Make sure to eat before attending, Ican't stress that enough because the food looks amazing.

    As for the negative, the film does drag a bit in the middle. Theswitching between Julie and Julia POV works great at the beginning andat the end, but I think in the middle, it just makes the plot drag.

    Overall, definitely worth going to see and quite enjoyable just makesure to eat before attending!

  3. fifibelle from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    Saw this movie at a private screening last night. What a lovely movie!Amy Adams is playing Julie — a part that Meg Ryan used to play whenshe was young and adorable. Amy so is! Chris Messina as Eric, herhusband, is a saint (you'll understand why I say that when you see themovie). Stanley Tucci is wonderful and you'll just love him. But nobodycan top La Streep! Every time she appears on screen, the film justglows. She is amazing and you will smile every time you see Julia onscreen. The only thing that might upstage Meryl is the food beingcooked. I had eaten dinner before I went but was actually salivatingseveral times during the movie. Julia Child made French food accessibleand you will want to eat — a lot afterward. Everyone was laughing alot — sometimes on top of lines being said, which made us miss thenext few lines. This is NOT a chick flick — I highly recommend thisfor people 14 and older (younger kids will probably be bored —- sillyyounger kids!). I am just amazed at Meryl Streep! She's a true talent.Oh, I was happy to see Jane Lynch appear briefly. Love her! Go, go, go!

  4. nycmec from New York
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    Ms. Streep's performance alone makes this film worthwhile–in recentyears she has really shown her great talent as a comedian (Adaptation,Devil Wears Prada, this film). She has great comic timing, and alwaysgoes just far enough for the laugh, and usually not too far that itfeels staged or unnatural.

    From the reviews I read, I was really expecting not to like the "Julie"half of this movie–but I was pleasantly surprised. I read both "Julieand Julia" and "My Life in France" earlier this summer, and I have toconfess that I didn't love the Julie Powell book. Amy Adams reallybrings this character to life and makes you care about her (more so, Ithink than the book did). One problem with the balance in this projectis that Julia Child did something really important for cooking inAmerica, and so her story is inherently interesting. Julie Powell wrotea book. That became a movie. Add to that the fact that the heavyhitters in the film all live on the Julia side–Streep, Stanley Tucci,and a great cameo by Jane Lynch–and the deck feels fully stacked. Fullcredit to Amy Adams and Chris Messina, then, for making us care aboutthe half of the film that teetered on the edge of the perfunctory.

    This film is all the more remarkable in that it is so rare to see afilm these days that just revels in joie-de-vivre. I'm sure a lot ofthe rough edges of Julia's personality are smoothed over–but some ofthe stressful moments are there. I just felt so much affection forStreep's Julia Child in this movie–and I laughed repeatedly andheartily at her antics. A fun time at the movies–which is a rarerpleasure than it should be.

  5. jordathan from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    i never really liked Meryl Streep that much until "Doubt" last year.and i've always been in love with Amy Adams. so when i found out thetwo were in yet another film together, i jumped at the chance to go toa prescreening.

    i expected the film to be good, but it was even better than expected.humor was one of the driving forces of the film, but that didn't takeaway from some more serious moments- rather, it accentuated them andmade them all the more poignant and even heartbreaking.

    Ms. Streep is nothing short of perfect as cooking personality JuliaChild. in fact, it may be the best performance yet i've seen from her.hilarious, lovable, passionate, and tender, she hit every noteperfectly.

    Ms. Adams, likewise, was superb as Julie Powell, a government workerwho decided to tackle Julia Child's 500+ recipes in her groundbreakingcook book in a year's time while documenting online the whole processin a blog.

    the two true stories are perfectly balanced, and the screenplay(adapted by the director Nora Ephron) strikes some wonderful parallelsbetween the two women, and paints, or rather, cooks up two greatingredients to become one delicious dish.

    there is a bit of a lag in the second half of the movie, but this isforgiven by the fact that the movie never becomes distracted from itspurpose. excellent cast, fantastic story-telling, and wonderfuldirection. Julie & Julia will have you holding out your dish beggingfor more.

  6. Favog from Washington, DC
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    Saw it at a Sunday matinée in the multiplex up the street. The placewas packed and we got there just in time — the theater sold out rightafter we got our tickets. Seems to be a popular movie, here in DCanyway.

    Young married Julie Powell is a miserable cubicle-dweller whose husbandencourages her to write a blog about preparing every recipe in volumeone of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in the spaceof a year. Great premise, right? Clever story involving a young womanfinding fulfillment through Julia Child, the French Chef, the firstPublic Television superstar? Well, I read the book and I gotta say Ididn't care too much for Julie Powell, who came across as a basicallyunpleasant human being I'd never invite to dinner. But the premisereally got to me. "Mastering the Art…" is the cookbook I have alwaysturned to when I want to prepare a truly special dinner. I've had thebox set of volumes one and two since the 70s, and gotta tell youthey're well-used. Volume one is falling apart, in fact. (Anybody knowa good book binder in DC?) So what WOULD it be like to devote a year'sspare time to that wonderful instruction manual for home chefs? Iwanted to have the experience without doing the work, so of course Iread the book. But golly, I didn't want to read about Julie's ovariesand her girlfriends' weirdnesses and her lust for some actor and on andon with the girl talk. What a totally tiresome book it was.

    Anyway, I plowed through Julie and Julia thinking I'd eventually becharmed, but I wasn't. Too bad. And now comes the movie, and I'mthinking Nora Ephron will surely correct the book's biggest flaw, whichwas too much time (~90%) devoted to Julie's blog-slog and only a fewfascinating pages devoted to Julia Child.

    And I was right. The movie gives the stories I'd say about equal time,which is still too much Julie/Amy Adams, and not enough Julia/MerylStreep, but it's SO much a better mix than the book. The life of JuliaChild could make a good movie on its own without all the gimmickry. Butthis is a perfectly entertaining movie in spite of it.

    Speaking of Meryl Streep, she is a marvel to behold in this movie. Herimpersonation is dead on, even better than Dan Ackroyd's, which isfeatured prominently and hilariously in the film.

    "Julie and Julia" argues that Julia Child changed the way America eats,and the more I learn about her the less I feel inclined to argue aboutthat. The movie brings her fascinating story to life and if I had toput up with a few scenes of Julie Powell melting down, well … sowhat? It's a great movie if you have been in love with Julia Child as Ihave for many years, and a perfectly good one if you haven't.

  7. Davor Blazevic (davor.blazevic@yahoo.com) from Croatia
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    Twenty years after writing her best screenplay so far, When Harry MetSally… (movie directed by Rob Reiner), Nora Ephron has finallymatched it, at least with one story in her latest attempt titled Julie& Julia. In the meantime, combining it with her writing talents, shehas directed a string of movies, including her commonly most acclaimedfilm Sleepless in Seattle, as well as seriously under-appreciated,though oddly amusing lineup of eccentric characters, brought togetherin the movie Mixed Nuts, remade from its French original.

    Julie & Julia has immediately placed itself on top of my personal listof her self-penned directorial accomplishments. Based on two truestories, movie combines six decades separated lives of Julia Child(Meryl Streep), wife of an American diplomat (Stanley Tucci) inpost-WW2 Paris, discovering her passion for French cuisine, thenintroducing it to American amateurs, and modern era Julie Powell (AmyAdams), professionally reduced to a hot line counselling 'cubiclegirl', desperately entertaining her unfulfilled literary ambitions viablogging about her attempt to try and finish all 524 recipes from JuliaChild's cookbook in 365 days.

    Ms. Streep's acting is great as always, this time even aided by thephysical grandeur of her greater-than-life on-screen persona,undoubtedly achieved by means of never visible pair of platform shoes,providing that she's impersonating genuinely tall person, as real JuliaChild apparently was. Adding to it Mr. Tucci's notable performance inhis role of a diplomat and supportive husband, as well as Ms. Adams's,well, not so remarkable, but still passable performance in her role ofJulie, backed by yet another understanding and supportive husband(Chris Messina), combined they present us with the movie abundant notonly with gastronomic treats, but cinematic ones, as well. (8-starrating as a rounded up average between 9-star Julia's and 6-starJulie's story.)

  8. M. J Arocena from New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    Meryl Streep continues to amaze. There's never been an actress quitelike her. Her body of work is a gallery of character without parallel.After 3 decades she is still brand new. She never became a parody ofherself like many other great actresses before her and, chances are,she never will. Here she recreates a popular icon, fearlessly. Her joyis utterly contagious and her side of the film is a marvel. Amy Adams,good as she is, becomes an unwelcome distraction. We want to stay withMeryl's Julia all the way. I think that Norah Ephron (Mixed Nuts) musthave known, she must have! Didn't she notice in the cutting room, thatwe were going to be turning away from the story every time we move awayfrom Julia Child? In any case I'm glad we had the chance to see thisnew Meryl Streep creation. Kudos also to Stanley Tucci. Stanley andMeryl create one of the most original believable couples in decades.Thanks to modern technology we will be able to re-edit the film forprivate consumption and have a sensational short : Julia in Paris.

  9. kmbartz from buffalo, ny
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    I saw this film in preview last evening and believe it's a winner onseveral levels. The performances by the leads and the many supportingroles are great – you can't help loving the characters portrayed. Thebiographic nature of the 'Juila' story combines nicely with the morepresent day 'Julie' storyline – leaving the viewer to route for Julie'scooking goal while simply falling in love with Meryl Streep's JuliaChild. In both stories we are treated to the women's relationship withfood, husbands and the challenging worlds they inhabit. Predominantly,there is a real sweetness about the support each husband gives his wifeand a fair amount of chuckles throughout. I'll admit that there couldhave been a few more edits but this film still satisfies while payinghomage to the iconic figure that Julia Child is.

  10. Rick Swift from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:53 am

    "Julie & Julia" is based on the book by the same name, which is basedon the true story by Julie Powell about "The Julie & Julia Project".Julie (Amy Adams) is a government employee working in New York City inthe year following 9/11. She, her husband Eric (Chris Messina) andtheir cat live in an apartment above a pizza parlor. All of her friendsare successful in their careers. Julie is not. Of course, we all knowwho Julia Child is!! Meryl Streep was a fantastic Julia Child, whostarted out as a bored housewife in Paris looking to fill her time andended up being a major influence on American cuisine.

    One evening, while bemoaning the lack of meaning in her life, Juliepicks up Julia Child's cookbook and decides to cook all 524 recipes inthe book in a year, while blogging about her experience. At first, noone is interested, but as time goes by, Julie gets more and morefollowers of her blog.

    I liked the parallel stories of Julia and Julie. They had similarexperiences, yet there were drastic differences. Julia's husband Paul(Stanley Tucci) was extremely encouraging of Julia's cooking, whileJulie's husband was kind of a jerk!! He was not very supportive ofJulie's project. Seriously, if someone was going to be cooking medelicious food for a year, I would be 100% encouraging them along everystep of the way!! Julia and Paul had a beautiful residence (with amaid!!), while Julie and Eric lived in a tiny apartment.

    I enjoyed seeing the delicious meals both Julia and Julie prepared,especially boeuf bourguignon (YUM!!!). One of my favorite scenes in themovie was when Julia's sister Dorothy (Jane Lynch) comes to Paris tovisit her. It was adorable to see two grown women squealing like littlegirls because they are so excited to see each other. There was quite abit of passion in this film – passion (romantic and non-romantic) foreach other and passion for food.

    The movie dragged a bit, with a running time of just over 2 hours – Ithought some scenes could have been trimmed down a bit.

    Overall an enjoyable dish – go see this movie with your mom, yoursister, or your best friend. Whatever you do, DON'T go hungry becauseyou will regret it!! Madison Monroe – iratefilms

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