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Julie & Julia (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  7 August 2009 (USA)
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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.

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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

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cook | cooking | book | blog | american | See All (77) »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Julie y Julia  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,027,956 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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$94,125,426 (USA) (27 November 2009)
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Trivia

Louisette Bertholle is depicted here as a lazy shirker who doesn't carry her weight on the cookbook project. After the film was released, people who knew her came forward to declare that she was dedicated to the project and tested a huge number of recipes in her home. Eventually, she did have to scale back her participation in the project, but for personal reasons, as she was dealing with a bankruptcy (resulting from a failed investment) and a painful and ugly divorce. She eventually remarried happily and became a successful cookbook author on her own. See more »

Goofs

(at around 20 mins) When Julie Powell and her husband are driving in their jeep to the new apartment, you can see the camera that is secured to the car in the lower right hand corner. It is a visible shadow and you are able to see the camera lens reflection. See more »

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Madame Brassart: Is it true you plan to teach?
Julia Child: Yes, we're going to teach Americans in Paris how to cook.
Madame Brassart: Madame Child, I must tell you, you have no real talent for cooking.
[Madame Brassart starts to laugh]
Madame Brassart: But the Americans will never know the difference.
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Meryl Streep
10 August 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Ms. Streep's performance alone makes this film worthwhile--in recent years she has really shown her great talent as a comedian (Adaptation, Devil Wears Prada, this film). She has great comic timing, and always goes just far enough for the laugh, and usually not too far that it feels 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 "Julie and Julia" and "My Life in France" earlier this summer, and I have to confess that I didn't love the Julie Powell book. Amy Adams really brings this character to life and makes you care about her (more so, I think than the book did). One problem with the balance in this project is that Julia Child did something really important for cooking in America, and so her story is inherently interesting. Julie Powell wrote a book. That became a movie. Add to that the fact that the heavy hitters 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. Full credit to Amy Adams and Chris Messina, then, for making us care about the 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 a film these days that just revels in joie-de-vivre. I'm sure a lot of the rough edges of Julia's personality are smoothed over--but some of the stressful moments are there. I just felt so much affection for Streep's Julia Child in this movie--and I laughed repeatedly and heartily at her antics. A fun time at the movies--which is a rarer pleasure than it should be.


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