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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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Plot Keywords:

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


Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do You Have What It Takes? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The movie opens in 1949 in Paris. In several establishing shots, including the Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame Cathedral, all the buildings appear to be a light tan sandstone color. Until the cleaning projects by culture minister Andre Malreaux in the late 1960s, all the famous buildings in Paris were quite black from centuries of pollution. See more »


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a pleasant comedy
22 July 2009 | by (buffalo, ny) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in preview last evening and believe it's a winner on several levels. The performances by the leads and the many supporting roles are great - you can't help loving the characters portrayed. The biographic nature of the 'Juila' story combines nicely with the more present day 'Julie' storyline - leaving the viewer to route for Julie's cooking goal while simply falling in love with Meryl Streep's Julia Child. In both stories we are treated to the women's relationship with food, husbands and the challenging worlds they inhabit. Predominantly, there is a real sweetness about the support each husband gives his wife and a fair amount of chuckles throughout. I'll admit that there could have been a few more edits but this film still satisfies while paying homage to the iconic figure that Julia Child is.

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