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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) »


Based on Two True Stories See more »

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

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Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Julie y Julia  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


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 (1977), in 1977. See more »


In the scene where Julia Child receives a letter about publishing her first book in 1961 (or earlier). The letter carrier bears a blue and red patch with a horse and rider facing left. These patches did not come into service until 1965. The appropriate patch should be a maroon patch with the horse and rider facing the right (backwards) when worn on the left shoulder. See more »


Julie Powell: [about Julia] I have conversations with her while I'm cooking. And I feel like she is there with me in the kitchen.
Amanda Hesser: She's like your imaginary friend.
Julie Powell: [grins] Yes.
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Spoofs Taz-Mania (1991) See more »


Time After Time
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Margaret Whiting
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Bon appetite!
14 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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

One evening, while bemoaning the lack of meaning in her life, Julie picks up Julia Child's cookbook and decides to cook all 524 recipes in the book in a year, while blogging about her experience. At first, no one is interested, but as time goes by, Julie gets more and more followers of her blog.

I liked the parallel stories of Julia and Julie. They had similar experiences, yet there were drastic differences. Julia's husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) was extremely encouraging of Julia's cooking, while Julie's husband was kind of a jerk!! He was not very supportive of Julie's project. Seriously, if someone was going to be cooking me delicious food for a year, I would be 100% encouraging them along every step of the way!! Julia and Paul had a beautiful residence (with a maid!!), 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 the movie was when Julia's sister Dorothy (Jane Lynch) comes to Paris to visit her. It was adorable to see two grown women squealing like little girls because they are so excited to see each other. There was quite a bit of passion in this film – passion (romantic and non-romantic) for each other and passion for food.

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

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

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