Julie Johnson

Overview

One woman's decision to improve her mind has unexpected, life-changing results in this drama. Hoboken-born housewife Julie Johnson Lili Taylor left high school at the wishes of Rick Noah Emmerich, who was then her boyfriend and is now her husband; Julie spends her days cleaning house and looking after her two children, Lisa Mischa Barton and Franky Gideon Jacobs. Julie, who likes to read Scientific American in her spare time, has always dreamed of going back to school, but loutish Rick strictly forbids it. ...
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Overview

One woman's decision to improve her mind has unexpected, life-changing results in this drama. Hoboken-born housewife Julie Johnson Lili Taylor left high school at the wishes of Rick Noah Emmerich, who was then her boyfriend and is now her husband; Julie spends her days cleaning house and looking after her two children, Lisa Mischa Barton and Franky Gideon Jacobs. Julie, who likes to read Scientific American in her spare time, has always dreamed of going back to school, but loutish Rick strictly forbids it. Without Rick's knowledge, Julie and her best friend Claire Courtney Love enroll in an "Introduction to Computers" course at a local community college, where instructor Mr. Miranda Spalding Gray quickly senses Julie has a tremendous intellectual potential she's never tapped. With Mr. Miranda's coaching, Julie breezes through the computer course and is soon tackling advanced mathematical and scientific theory with other members of the college's faculty. Rick eventually gets wind of Julie's new academic career and isn't the least bit pleased, but Julie, whose accomplishments have done wonders for her self-confidence, responds by kicking him out of the house. Claire, impressed by Julie's stand against Rick, decides it's time to leave her abusive husband Mike Patrick Fitzgerald, and she moves in with Julie while looking for a new place. As Mr. Miranda urges Julie to obtain a high-school equivalency certificate and move on to a four-year college where he'll be able to arrange an academic scholarship, Julie and Claire discover their new independence has stirred new feelings within them, and they move from being close friends to tentative lovers. Julie Johnson was based on the play by Wendy Hammond, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Bob Gosse.
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Special Features

16x9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Earnest and well-intentioned, Julie Johnson features a script that, despite the occasional keen insight or line that rings true and clear, comes off as predictable and not altogether believable. Mining familiar territory -- the dreariness of a conventional life, the need to express one's true self, etc. -- it offers little that is really fresh or rewarding. However, the characters are well defined and the screenplay does offer the actors some requisite "playable" scenes that they enjoy sinking their teeth into. And when the cast is as personable as this one, that counts for a good deal. Lili Taylor uses her chameleon-like talents to once again create a character that feels lived in and a part of her own skin, rather than a role that an actress is interpreting. She is given some rather sudden changes to pull off and does so with aplomb. Courtney Love is also good as her soon-to-be lover, and Noah Emmerich handles the nice-but-hot-tempered aspects of his character well. Bob Gosse's direction is generally pedestrian; he seems to be letting the screenplay lead him when he needs to be exerting more of his own personality to give the film more character and texture. Julie is not exciting enough, but fans of the Taylor will want to see it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • UPC: 858423001063
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Liberation Ent
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,715

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lili Taylor Julie Johnson
Courtney Love Claire
Spalding Gray Mr. Miranda
Noah Emmerich Rick Johnson
Mischa Barton Lisa Johnson
Gideon Jacobs Franky Johnson
Patrick Fitzgerald Mike
Technical Credits
Bob Gosse Director, Screenwriter
Keith Abell Executive Producer
Ray Angelic Producer
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Julie A. Bloom Asst. Director
Stephen Carlis Executive Producer
Donald C. Carter Executive Producer
David M. Dunlap Cinematographer
Wendy Hammond Screenwriter
David Leonard Editor
Larry Meistrich Executive Producer
Kathryn Nixon Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Carol Silverman Set Decoration/Design
Lina Todd Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Julie Johnson
1. Need More Cups [4:48]
2. Good Night [9:36]
3. Betty Crocker [5:09]
4. Don't Tell Rick [2:57]
5. I'm Done With You [2:42]
6. I Can Do Things [4:41]
7. Stay With You [2:18]
8. My Heart Is Smiling [8:31]
9. A Confession [5:26]
10. Get Drunk, Get Rowdy [4:43]
11. Forget the Whole Thing [3:53]
12. Thought About You [7:45]
13. Different Channels [2:29]
14. New Friends [4:03]
15. Nobody Knows You [6:20]
16. None of Your Business [4:04]
17. I Can't I'm Sorry [5:31]
18. Moving Out [7:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Julie Johnson
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   Chapters
   Trailers
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Surround Sound
      Stereo
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