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Julie & Julia

Original Release: August 07, 2009 (USA)
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Written by: Julie Powell (book), Nora Ephron (screenplay)
Produced by: Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark, Amy Robinson...
Running Time: 123 minutes
Box Office: $ 94,125,426 (USA)

Based on two true stories, the film follows Julie Powell (Amy Adams), an unhappy government employee who answers telephone calls from victims of the September 11 attacks, who decides to cook her way through legendary cook Julia Child's classic cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in one year's time out of her small Queens kitchen. Powell blogs her daily experiences, gaining a loyal following along the way. The film further follows the real Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) through Julia Child's memoir and chronicles her path to become a national treasure.
Cast & Characters
Meryl Streep (Julia Child), Amy Adams (Julie Powell), Stanley Tucci (Paul Child), Chris Messina (Eric Powell), Linda Emond (Simone Beck), Helen Carey (Louise Bertholle), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Sarah), Jane Lynch (Dorothy McWilliams), Joan Juliet Buck (Madame Brassart), Crystsal Noelle (Ernestine), George Bartenieff (Chef Max Bugnard), Vanessa Ferlito (Cassie), Casey Wilson (Regina), Jillian Bach (Annabelle), Michael Brian Dunn (Ivan Cousins), Frances Sternhagen (Irma Rombauer), Deborah Rush (Avis De Voto)
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Production Notes
More than anyone else, Julia Child steered American eaters away from the canned, the frozen and the processed and into food that was fresh, flavorful and made with unbridled joy, a wonderful metaphor for approaching life. “When you talk about passion, Julia Child didn’t just have it for her husband or cooking, she had a passion for living,” says Streep. “Real, true joie de vivre. She loved being alive, and that’s inspirational in and of itself.” A half-century later, in 2002, New Yorker Julie Powell was nearing 30, dissatisfied as a writer, and facing an emotionally depleting day job working for an organization devoted to rebuilding the World Trade Center site after 9/11 and helping displaced residents resettle. Spurred to change her life, she decided to cook her way through Child’s masterpiece - 524 recipes in 365 days - and chronicle her efforts in a blog. With the encouragement of her husband Eric—who was happy to devour the fruits of her labors. Julie began detailing the ups and downs of her time-consuming project. Today, blogging is part of the fabric of our lives, but in 2002, Powell was a blogging pioneer. And ultimately the inspiration for Nora Ephron to adapt her book into a film.

It was before I even started writing the script, when Meryl asked, 'What are you doing?' I said, 'Blah, blah, Julie Powell, Julia Child, 524 recipes.' She went into Julia as we were walking out of the theater. She did her for a full 10 seconds. I think she even said, 'Bon appétit,' I thought, 'OK, look no further.' Once 'The Devil Wears Prada' opened, I knew if I could get her, not only would she be the best person for it, but she would also force the studio to make the film. She was a movie star at age 57 or whatever she is. Meryl believed that in order to capture the essence of the character, you had to believe Julia Child is 6-foot-2. Actually, our ambitions were more modest. We made her 6 feet. We used a whole bunch of fabulous tricks. Everything we could think of. Ann Roth did amazing things with costumes. The performance is not an imitation, it's more of a habitation. (Nora Ephron, USA Today, April 2009)
“When we first meet her, she and her husband Paul are living in Paris where they’ve been posted after the Second World War, trying to promote all good things American since he worked for the diplomatic corps,” says Streep. “She was very bright, but the expectations for women at that point were not necessarily to have a career and find their life’s work. But Julia was someone who had a relentless appetite and curiosity for all sorts of things, and the food that was made in American kitchens was not that inspired. She was always sort of a gourmand, but when they went to Paris they discovered food as an art form – not merely something we need for nourishment. So she went to the Cordon Bleu and learned cooking from the ground up, just took to it with relentless curiosity and invention.” Streep found a way to avoid caricature in her portrayal, with Child's height and high-pitched voice often being impersonated.. “My out is that I’m not really ‘doing’ Julia Child, I’m Julie Powell’s idea of who she was,” says Streep. “So while I felt a responsibility to her memory and the legacy of the great work she did, and to the essence of her character, I didn’t feel I was replicating her.” When it came to casting Julie Powell, Ephron wanted an actress who could embody a young woman’s insecurities and emotional blow-ups. She knew Amy Adams was up to the task, but she also met another major requirement for the writer/director. “Among the many things I liked about her was that I believed that she was smart enough to be a writer,” says Ephron. “And she’s funny.”

"Julie & Julia" was met positively by critics and audiences alike, winning Meryl Streep another Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and earning her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and her career's sixteenth Oscar nomination.
Simply Streep's Review
To my own surprise, I found "Julie & Julia" a very entertaining and beautiful film. Watching Meryl slipping into Julia Child's persona and astounding to watch. The film's plus is that Julia is shown through Julie's imagination, so it gives all characters the freedom to entertain, while sticking to the actual facts and fights of her life. Meryl's and Stanley Tucci's scenes are among the most entertaining and I found Meryl's scenes with Linda Emond (who plays her friend Simone Beck) very well done as well. Many critics have dismissed the Amy Adams scenes to be the weak link of the film. I cannot understand this. Her storyline may not be as funny as the Julia Child story, but it's a very charming portrait surrounded by good supporting players and an admirable acting performance by Adams, who proves, once again after "Doubt", that she might be her generation's best actress. For Meryl, it's another classic performance. "Julie & Julia" is very recommended.
Awards & Nominations for Meryl Streep
  Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical
  Critics Choice Award as Best Actress
  New York Film Critics Circle Award as Best Actress
  Boston Society of Film Critics as Best Actress
  San Francisco Film Critics Circle as Best Actress
  Phoenix Film Critics Award as Best Actress
  Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award as Best Actress
  Southeastern Film Critics Award as Best Actress
  Golden Satellite Award as Best Actress in a Comedy
  Women Film Critics Circle Award as Best Comedic Actress
  Academy Award as Best Actress
  Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actress
  British Academy Award as Best Actress
  St. Louis Film Critics Association as Best Actress
  Detroit Film Critics Society Award as Best Actress
  Washington DC Film Critics Award as Best Actress