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Written by Jan James Stetter   
Sunday, 13 December 2009 13:23

Media Maven: "Julie and Julia" Movie Review
Just released on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 8, this movie might make a great holiday gift for the food lover on your list. Our Media Maven helps you decide.

"Julie and Julia"


Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Jane Lynch, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Raiskub


Calling all bakers, wannabe chefs, food enthusiasts and master cooks! Come one, come all, to a movie treat that will be as mouth-watering as the recipes and the stories they tell to introduce us to American icon Julia Child.



"Julie and Julia" is the story of two women who grow up in different generations, never meet and never cross paths. Yet they had two things in common: both were searching for a purpose in their lives and both had a sense of determination to succeed once they discovered their purpose.


Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is the present day character on whose life this story is based. Viewers see a frustrated, intelligent, articulate woman who knows that her life is supposed to be more than what it is. Her solace after a hard day at work is cooking. Julie makes a pact to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's first cookbook in a year and write about it on a blog.


The audience meets Julia Child (Meryl Streep) in 1948, and she is frustrated, wondering what she should do with her life. Her husband, Paul (Stanley Tucci), is assigned to work at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. While living there, Julia enrolled for six months at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school. With perseverance and culinary expertise, Julia wrote her first cookbook (more than 800 pages). Upon returning to the States, she spent several years promoting her book on national public radio, which eventually led to a cooking show and instant, national celebrity.


This film is the story of these two women whose lives are intertwined by the present day memoirs both women wrote. In the steady hands of Nora Ephron as both the director and screenplay author, this film makes for a witty, entertaining movie.


Both Adams and Streep are capable actresses, but it is Streep’s performance as Julia Child that steals the film. Jane Lynch as Child's sister offered a delightful supporting role.


Mixing passion, ambition and butter, these two women found their calling. And for viewers that is an award winning recipe!


Chic Stars: * * *


Jan's Movie Rating System:


* * * * * — Top-notch entertainment

* * * * — Compelling, heartwarming, thrilling, comical

* * * — The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.

* * — If you are bored, watch it or wait for DVD

* — Don't bother. Too morose, too violent, too blase, an enigma.

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