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Movie Review: Julie & Julia December 19, 2009

Posted by shwaldman in Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: Amy Adams stars in this truth-inspired tale as Julie Powell, a disenchanted government secretary who decides to enliven her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child’s culinary classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Based on Powell’s book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, director Nora Ephron’s heartwarming dramedy also stars Meryl Streep as legendary chef Child.

I am not much of a foodie and really knew very little about Julia Child before watching this movie. Although after she passed, I did hear that she was actually a CIA agent. But what probably will not come as much of a surprise is that I got a bigger kick out of the other side of this story – the story of Julie and her blogging. It was fun to watch this girl transfer from what seemed like an underachiever to accomplished blogger – for whatever that is worth. Knowing about Child’s secret past made it difficult to get past the historical accuracy of her side of the story. However, given Julie Smith’s story was based in 2002, two years before Child’s death, it makes sense that Smith’s understanding of Child’s history is limited.

The movie itself was a little slow. It was interesting and fun to watch both the parallel lives. But like I said, it was difficult to believe, because of new information about Child’s life. Funny cameo for fans of the new show Glee – you have to watch – I’m not telling!

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