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A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie & Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days and introduce a new generation to the magic of French cooking. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) co-stars in director Nora Ephron's delicious comedy about joy, obsession and butter. Bon appétit!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.04 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : MFR043396292291#VG
- Director : Nora Ephron
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : December 8, 2009
- Actors : Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B002RSDW80
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Disappointing third act just killed my interest in this movie. Side note, why did this have the rom com feel in it like a Harry met Sally or a Sleepless in Seattle with the main character and her boyfriend, just seemed off.
Child’s story is by far the more compelling. She attends the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and gets into a class for professional chefs. That’s not before the director talks disparagingly about her and then the cooks look down upon her as a woman. There’s a scene of her cutting an entire mini-mountain of onions at home so that she can compete with her fellow students. Powell does have her moments as well such as when she terrified of cooking her first lobster because they’re alive and she’s afraid of killing them.
Together it’s a very engaging story and especially if you love food. It will make you want to eat.
Do not get me wrong. The movie is still very nice. Love the character played by Meryl Streep. charismatic,lovable and sweet. The excitement in Amy Adams eyes were noticeable in the first half and I actually started to vest into the character but as the movie unfolded it became a rather chore for me as a viewer to go thru' all that nitty gritty details of her frustration into completing the blog. I think the movie would have been outstanding if more attention was placed on the Julia Child character.
Rating the movie experience with three stars!
LEGEND is such that you can't be a foodie and not to love Julia child for her contribution to the American Cuisine. Without her we would not have the great wave of the European cooking methods, techniques that were followed by food and ingredients import that filled our local stores to our delight and enrichment of our lives.
She started it all, she truly put America on the tracks to more sophisticated cooking that went beyond and above simple and redundant repertoire of the "Joy of cooking" American standards, however perfectioned, incredibly worn by the time she entered the scene.
Julia Child's life is limited to the bits from the moment she discovers her love for French Foods to the time
when her collaborated book has been published and hit the US market and bit after that.
The other story is of a young woman who engages with at the time still alive Julia Child's cooking
but never meets her in person. I don't want to reveal the story so I end here.
I personally prefer the Julia's story as I really wanted to see her life made into the film and it is the only one that does it. Also I have to tell that while All actors do remarkable job, the on screen portrayal of Julia Child and her husband Paul are BEYOND REMARKABLE! I never have enough of them.
I learned a new trick to just watch one story line at the time from the beginning to the end
and I just skip/fast forward over the other as needed. That way it feels like two movies
and depending on my mood I choose accordingly.
The DVD is fabulous, the menu is good and the playback is faultless.
I truly recommend this Film and this DVD version.
MUST HAVE CHICK Movie but in secret I will tell you this - My husband love it just the same!
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I love Julia Child's story that even in the less likely stage and circumstances in life, you can find your calling. Its never too late and you should definitely never give up. Opportunities are not tied to young age but your will of successeding. Meryl Street as usual excels in her performance, as does Stanley Tucci and the husband of 'Julie'. Amy Adams, in my view, could have played with more gusto and less whiny.
My very manly partner had been resisting this movie for a while, one day he was bored .... well and the rest is history, he loves the movie. In fact he joined me at my cooking classes and now enjoys cooking himself! In my view this is a big impact after watching one movie.
I can highly recommend Julie and Julia.
The film is based on the story of a young woman employed at a call centre who dreams of becoming a writer. As the sleeve notes state she decides that she will cook the entire Child repertoire and report her experiences on her blog. As time passes and new dishes come and go Julie becomes increasingly obsessed by Julia Child and her relationship suffers.
In parallel the film flips back to Paris in the 50s where Julia Child is the wife of an Embassy worker, large and dominating in appearance, she enrols at the Cordon Bleu cookery school really for want of something to do. When Child decides to do something she puts all of her enormous energy into her project. In time she meets two French women who have been attempting to collate a recipe book and the film follows the highs and lows of this relationship, rejection of the book and then the search for a publisher which is eventually successful.
I don't think I've given away anything here that isn't in the publicity material for the film and I won't spoil the fun of others by describing the plot further.
This is not a film that gallops at great pace but it is well acted and evocative of both current life and of life for a certain kind of woman/wife in the 1950s.
If you are interested in French cuisine, in Paris and the methods of the Cordon Bleu school, in blogging or in how dreams can turn to obsessions then the modest price of this film would make a good investment.
Why? I've no idea, but both my partner and my best friend's man love it as much as we do.
Julie & Julia sees Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci reunited after working together on The Devil Wears Prada, and they're better together than ever.
The story follows the life Julia Childs spent in her 40s with her husband in France and a few other places as he worked for the government. She learns to cook and writes a cookery book with her friends and tries to get it published.
Simultaneously the movie follows the story of Julie, a writer who never finished her novel and works at ground zero. She lives in queens and loves to cook and to bring meaning to her life decides to cook her way through Julia Child's cookery book in a year, whilst blogging about it.
Both are true stories, both equally fascinating and well intermingled in this hilarious but slightly different "romcom".
For anyone interested in cookery, Julia Childs, a good "chick flick" or seeing Meryl Streep act her a** off, this is the movie for you!
Meryl Streep plays the role of Julia Child, wife of Paul Child, a diplomat, played by Stanley Tucci. Posted to Paris Julia becomes bored with inactivity and enrolls in Le Cordon Bleu to learn French cooking and, subsequently, begins collaborating on a book about French cooking for American housewives. The book, after a few setbacks, is published and the film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child's cookbook in 365 days, a challenge she described on her popular blog that would make her a published author.This film is a wonderful, light-hearted and often hilarious experience with Streep's charismatic (some would say over-the-top) performance deserving much praise. Tucci, Adams, Messina and the rest of the supporting cast are fabulous and I can think of no other movie that left me with a feeling of complete satisfaction.