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Julie & Julia (2009)

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Julie & Julia is a movie starring Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, and Chris Messina. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Julia Child
... Julie Powell
... Paul Child
... Eric Powell
... Simone Beck
... Louisette Bertholle
... Sarah
... Dorothy McWilliams
... Madame Brassart
Crystal Noelle ... Ernestine
George Bartenieff ... Chef Max Bugnard
... Cassie
... Regina
Jillian Bach ... Annabelle
... John O'Brien
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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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Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do You Have What It Takes? See more »


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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$94,125,426, 29 November 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,540,499
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During the Valentine's Day dinner, one of the guests asks Julia and Paul if they were spies in the war. Both of them deny this. At the time the modern half of the film was set (2002), the Childs' wartime files had not yet been declassified, but by the time the film itself was made (2009), their records had been made public and it was revealed that Julia had served as a top-secret researcher for the OSS. The filmmakers elected to go only with facts that were established knowledge in 2002, but the spy conversation was thrown in as a sly nod toward the later revelation. See more »

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In the last scene of the movie when Julia receives the published book in the mail, it is supposed to be her first book, but the book that she unwraps is the second volume. See more »

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Julia Child: Don't be afraid!
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References Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) See more »

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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 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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