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

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7 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Julie y Julia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£540,441 (UK) (11 September 2009)

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

Julia Child and Simone Beck would collaborate on a second volume of "Mastering" in 1970; by that time Louisette Bertholle had remarried and was working on her own cookbooks. There was some discussion of a third volume of "Mastering" but Child and Beck would part ways professionally; Beck insisted on sticking to traditional techniques and equipment, and Child was enthusiastically embracing new techniques and finding ways of applying modern equipment to traditional recipes. While Child became an American TV personality, Beck continued to teach in France and published some of her own cookbooks. They were never to collaborate again but did remain friends for the rest of their lives. See more »

Goofs

When Julia Child is teaching basic tasks with the other ladies at their cooking school, during the shot one can see the checkered platform under Julia's feet to make her appear taller. However, when the movie was shown on TV, this goof had been hidden by a bowl of fruit in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Paul Child: [to Julia] You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life.
[later echoed by Julie Powell to Eric Powell]
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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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