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Julie & Julia – Movie Review

Julie & Julia

Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci
Written and Directed by Nora Ephron

Rated PG-13
Run Time 123 minutes

3 out of 5 Frames

Julia Child. Meet Julie. Hi Julie. What the Hell are you doing with your life? That basically sets the stage for Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. This film is based on 2 true stories which interweave through out much of the film. Directed by Nora Ephora who’s past films have included Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and every other really notable chick flick starring Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks.

Flashback to Paris circa 1950’s. Julia Child has just arrived with her diplomatic husband and is trying to find her place in the world. Ah, sounds familiar doesn’t it? She’s a beast of a woman and towers over all of the locals, but is loved by all. She is bored out of her mind all day so she tries to find a hobby. Hat making is definitely not her thing, but she since she loves to eat, why the hell not try her hand out at cooking? In a traditionally male dominated career field, Julia has to prove herself not only to the head school mistress, but also to all of the male students and instructor. One night she is at a gala expressing her frustrations regarding the head mistress, where a woman amused by her rant, introduces her to her future business partners for making the first French Cookbook to be translated into English.

Cut back to present day. Julie is a woman about to turn thirty and is wondering what the hell happened with her life. She’s married, in a crappy job post 9-11 as a city response clerk and is constantly reminded by her old friends from college that her life basically sucks. One night after having a huge pity party, her husband suggests that she start a blog to help unleash some creativity. This resonates with Julie and she gets inspiration from Julia Child to cook her way through her French Cookbook in a year. Along the way there is many a food flub, temper tantrum and weird homage to Julia Child, but this is targeted towards women, so it is forgiven.

These is not a movie to watch unless you are A) going to eat French Food afterwards or B) Have already come from a French Restaurant and are stuffed like a pig, because this movie will make you HUNGRY. If they had smell-o-vision and were selling crepes at the concessions stand, the theater would make a killing. All of the dishes looked so delicious that it almost was distracting to the film. Food aside, the acting was great from Streep & Adams but the storyline seemed to drag on and was dull in some parts.

Who will love this: Women, gay men, lovers of fine cuisine

Things to watch out for: Streep will probably win another nomination or award for her portrayal of Julie Child.


September 12, 2009 - Posted by | film reviews, Movie Review, movies, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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