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Being Julia (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 February 2005 (USA)
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Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge.

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Tale of amorous folly and revenge set in the world of the London stage in the late 1930's. Reigning diva Julia Lambert's success and fame grow suddenly wearisome. She falls head over heels for a young American, Tom, and begins a passionate May - December affair. When she realizes that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is ambitious young starlet Avice Crichton, Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Passion. Obsession. Revenge. Prepare for the performance of a lifetime.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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18 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Conociendo a Julia  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,126 (USA) (15 October 2004)

Gross:

$7,739,049 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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Miranda Richardson was originally attached to play Julia Lambert. See more »

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Tom tells Julia that Michael has given him a box for the opening of the new play. When we see Tom after Julia makes an obvious reference to him by saying, "B-E-N," he is seated not in a box but in the orchestra section, next to Julia's son and in front of Julia's male friend. See more »

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Evie: [to Julia] I wouldn't say this to your face, so I'll say it to your back... I missed you.
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The Love Bug Will Bite You
Written by Pinky Tomlin
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
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Courtesy of The Decca Music Group Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission from The Universal Film & TV Licensing Division
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How Julia Got Her Groove Back
8 November 2004 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Being Julia is a very entertaining picture aimed at the over 40 demographics, which is nice for a change since most of the films these days are aimed at the 25 and younger crowd. The story is great. I haven't read the book, so I don't know if the credit goes to the screenwriter or the author. Annette Bening's performance carries the film.

The bad news is, it could have been better. My first complaint is the photography has a yellow/green cast to it, which makes the film visually dull. This is a shame since Annette Bening is so radiant. My second complaint is the directing is competent but not much more. It's pretty much what you would expect from a made for TV film but not an art house film. A visionary director could have made this film great rather than merely good. My third complaint is that it is similar to All About Eve, Sunset Boulevard, and 20th Century; but it is not at the same level of those classics, due to the reasons given above.

This is a film about the theater and in my favorite scene her son tells her that she is always acting. Some people might be turned off by the style of the dialog, but it fits the context of the film. One of the devices of the film is that the ghost of her acting mentor is always watching over her like a guardian angel. The ending of the film couldn't have been better, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

Overall, this is currently one of the top 3 films in the theater and if you are lucky enough to have it playing in your area, you should see it. 8/10


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