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Julie & Julia (2009)

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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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George Bartenieff ...
Chef Max Bugnard
Jillian Bach ...
John O'Brien


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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Based on Two True Stories 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 USA:

$20,027,956, 9 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$94,125,426, 29 November 2009

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This is the second film to star Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. In 2007 they shared the screen in, Doubt." Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar for both movies. See more »


The scene involving Paul Child's photographing a food display in their kitchen, he uses a Rolleiflex camera. While shooting he winds the crank approximately one-and-a-half turns, when loaded with film the transport only requires 2/3 of a turn and stops automatic. So actually he was using an empty camera. See more »


Julie Powell: [listening to messages on her answering machine] Eric, I'm going to be a writer!
Eric Powell: [correcting her] You ARE a writer.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.95 (2012) See more »


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too much Julie, not enough Julia
23 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I want to reiterate what Anderson said. I read the book and was so utterly disappointed that I tossed the book into the rubbish. I rarely do that and usually donate to libraries, but in this case, I didn't want to share the pain inflicted by reading it.

Nevertheless, being a fan of Julia I was compelled to see the movie. Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci were outstanding. Her portrayal of Julia Child was captivating and nothing short of brilliant. Unfortunately those parts were too few. Instead the viewer gets an overload of this self-absorbed whiny bi-polar type character that annoyed me so much that I left during one of her parts. While she was on the screen it was as painful as reading the book.

It would be wonderful if they would take the same two actors (Meryl and Stanley) and make a full movie of just that.

It was so apparent that Julie was trying to use the fame of Julia Childs for her own benefit. It's not ethical, period! And she even tries to be a sad little victim after it was implied that Julia didn't endorse her. grrrrr! I don't admire anyone who uses people like that, especially passionless whiny people who seem to act like everything revolves around them.

So, seven stars go only to the portrayal of Julia and husband. and 1 star to the Julie character because it was a fun idea to do the blog on the recipe experiment. I just didn't like the lack of passion and the free ride she took on a lovely brilliant lady who gave so much to us amateur chefs.

Most anyone can be taught things, but the charm and passion come from within. Julia was one in a million!

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