Julie & Julia

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Overview

Nora Ephron adapts Julie Powell's autobiographical book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen with this Columbia Pictures production starring Amy Adams as an amateur chef who decides to cook every recipe in a cookbook from acclaimed celebrity chef Julia Child played by Meryl Streep in order to chronicle it in a blog over the course of a year. Streep's Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci re-teams with the actress as Child's husband.
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Overview

Nora Ephron adapts Julie Powell's autobiographical book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen with this Columbia Pictures production starring Amy Adams as an amateur chef who decides to cook every recipe in a cookbook from acclaimed celebrity chef Julia Child played by Meryl Streep in order to chronicle it in a blog over the course of a year. Streep's Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci re-teams with the actress as Child's husband.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Secret ingredients: creating Julia & Julia; Commentary with writer/director Nora Ephron
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Everybody needs inspiration. Julie Powell wanted to be a writer, but not until she challenged herself to make every recipe in Julia Child's culinary bible Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year -- and blogged about it -- did she find her voice. Her memoir about that year, Julie & Julia, comes to the big screen thanks to writer/director Nora Ephron, a filmmaker who was in dire need of some inspiration. The movie stars a pair of formidably talented actresses: Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Adams plays Powell, an English lit grad who struggles through her stressful government job fielding phone calls from people who are having medical problems because of 9/11. Cooking provides her with her only form of anxiety relief aside from her devoted husband Chris Messina, who suggests she combine her love of preparing food with her desire to write. He sets her up with a blog, and she begins her quest to perfect beef bourguignon, poached eggs, and aspic -- and to share her journey with the world. As she learns more and more about Julia Child Streep, a former government employee herself, the beloved chef becomes Julie's personal hero. Ephron shifts back and forth between Julie's story, and a biopic of Julia Child during the time she and her devoted husband Stanley Tucci lived in Paris. During that period, she learned to cook, met her future co-authors, and created the book that would save Julie four decades later. It will come as a surprise to just about nobody that Meryl Streep is flawless as the distinctively voiced celebrity chef. Streep not only masters Child's unique cadence and idiosyncratic tonal shifts -- elements that made her easy to satirize -- but makes them seem utterly natural. She and Stanley Tucci make for just about the happiest couple imaginable -- supporting, loving, and generous. Their story isn't terribly dramatic -- in fact, the whole film has a noticeable lack of conflict -- but it's so much fun to watch them interact that the whole movie works because of their remarkable charm. However, Streep and Tucci aren't the only cast members capable of winning an audience's affection. Adams communicates Julie's intense need to accomplish her task with such effortlessness that conventional drama feels like an intrusion -- a fact underscored by the movie's only dull stretch, a 15-minute subplot where Julie's marriage goes through a rough patch. This kind of unapologetic feel-good movie doesn't need a bogus threat to happiness like that -- it's more than enough for us to appreciate how much Julia fills Julie with meaning and purpose. It's that very meaning and purpose that have been lacking from Nora Ephron's recent work. Bewitched and Lucky Numbers were joyless comedies that lacked her best qualities. But both Julie and Julia turn out to be fabulous muses for Ephron, who has fashioned a script full of gentle wit and affection, and directed it with warmth and confidence. This is a slight movie, to be sure, but it's a loving one made with care and purpose. It's not revolutionary like Julia Child's book, but it's as enjoyable as a soufflé.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • UPC: 043396292291
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 874

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Andrew Garman John O'Brien
Michael Brian Dunn Ivan Cousins
Remak Ramsay John McWilliams
Diane Kagan Phila McWilliams
Pamela Holden Stewart Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu
Jeff Brooks Minister
Frances Sternhagen Irma Rombauer,
Brooks Ashmanskas Mr. Misher
Eric Sheffer Stevens Tim
Brian Avers Garth
Kacie Sheik Annette
Megan Byrne Woman at the Party
Deborah Rush Avis De Voto
Helen Coxe Dorothy De Santillana
Amanda Hesser Herself
Maryann Urbano Dinner Guest
Simon Jutras Dinner Guest
Felicity Jones Dinner Guest
Meg Kettell Simca's Concierge
Stephen Bogardus Scott McLeod
Byron Jennings Houghton Mifflin Executive
Kelly Au Coin Houghton Mifflin Executive
Richard Bekins Houghton Mifflin Executive
Luc Palun The Chestnut Vendor
Remy Roubakha Oyster Man
Marceline Hugot Madame Bernheim
Erin Dilly Judith Jones
Robert Emmet Lunney Bill Koshland
Tom Galantich American Ambassador
Allyn Burrows Waiter in Paris Café
Julia Prud'homme Bridge Teacher
Dimitri Radochevitch Fish Monger
Emmanuel Suarez Baker
Christelle Cornil Baker's Wife
Francoise Lebrun Baker's Mother
Teddy Bergman Cobb Salad Waiter
Jean-Pierre Becker Fruit Store Owner
Mark Wilkins Butcher
Jamie Hall Cheese Guy
Francesco David Butcher
Dianne Dreyer American Housewife
Mary Kay Place Voice Only
Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Benjamin John Barraud Art Director
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Dianne Dreyer Co-producer
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Eric Steel Producer
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Donald J. Lee Jr. Executive Producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Laurence Mark Producer
Richard Marks Editor
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Amy Robinson Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
J.J. Sacha Associate Producer
Dana Stevens Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Julie & Julia
7. Scene 1 [4:11]
8. Scene 2 [4:08]
9. Scene 3 [4:21]
10. Scene 4 [3:39]
11. Scene 5 [5:13]
12. Scene 6 [3:27]
13. Scene 7 [4:04]
14. Scene 8 [3:31]
15. Scene 9 [5:04]
16. Scene 10 [4:39]
17. Scene 11 [2:37]
18. Scene 12 [5:24]
19. Scene 13 [3:57]
20. Scene 14 [2:10]
21. Scene 15 [3:42]
22. Scene 16 [3:17]
23. Scene 17 [2:51]
24. Scene 18 [2:59]
25. Scene 19 [4:08]
26. Scene 20 [3:25]
27. Scene 21 [4:21]
28. Scene 22 [5:06]
29. Scene 23 [3:39]
30. Scene 24 [4:37]
31. Scene 25 [6:04]
32. Scene 26 [7:35]
33. Scene 27 [4:56]
34. Scene 28 [9:43]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Julie & Julia
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Deliciously Entertaining - Mastering the Art of Fine Filmmaking!

    A delicious, decadent film that tantalizes your taste buds and delivers pure entertainment joy. Nora Ephron takes two separate stories and marvelously weaves and intertwines their loves, their frustrations, and their quest for purpose into a wonderfully entertaining film. Meryl Streep seems to channel Julia Child herself nailing both Julia's distinctive voice and gestures. Gaining an intimate glimpse of the more personal side of this iconic woman was beautifully told through Ephron's writing and the dynamic chemistry between Streep and Stanley Tucci. Amy Adams is absolutely delightful in her portrayal of a woman questioning her purpose, yet vehemently resigned to finishing the daunting task she started. The lesson of working diligently toward a goal regardless of setbacks or failures and ultimately finding a layer of truth about yourself is what life is all about. It is also what binds the two stories and the two characters together. The costumes are gorgeous as are the sets. The film is beautifully shot depicting the beauty of Paris and finding the beauty in NY and Julie's apartment. This film is inspiring, endearing, and magically delicious.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Inspiring

    This is a wonderful movie for anyone. If you like to cook, and or blog, you might like it even more. It's a feel good movie that is also inspiring. I watched it and decided to start blogging. I like the fact that is is based on 2 true stories. I think the actors as well as the entire team did a fantastic job with this movie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Delightful!

    Of course, Meryl Streep was brilliant as Julia Child. I was not a fan of Amy Adams before I saw this movie, but she did a great job. (No one can compare to Meryl Streep - that's not Amy Adams fault.) A couple of reviews referred to Amy Adams as being "whiny". I think that is unfair. The person she was portrayimg is a real person who worked for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's call center. Every day she took calls from and tried to help people who were victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She wasn't whiny, she was sad and depressed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Charming

    I read the book before watching the movie. I must say, this is one of those rare isntances where the film is much better than the book - and that`s because of Meryl Streep, who gives heart and humour to the movie, and becomes larger than life.
    It would be very hard to compare meaningfully the lives of Julie, living an uneventful, courageless existence in Queens, clearly unhappy with everything in her life, and wanting more (but always taking the easy way out - like taking someone else`s life and trying to live it, and thus give meaning to her own?), and Julia, who became a master chef defying all odds in France. I read Julia`s own book about her time in France and that actually gives you a very different perspective, but that`s another story.
    It is not Julie`s life and story what lifts this movie, but Julia, and her immense love for food and respect for cooking, and most of all, Meryl Streep, who is amazing, brilliant and hilariously funny.
    That`s the only reason why you should watch this film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Julie and Julia, the story of a fan of Julia Child's who decides to cook all the recipes in her cook book.

    I was already a fan of Meryl Streep so was sure I would enjoy the movie before I saw it in the theatre. Also always enjoyed watching Julia Child's shows on TV so was interested to see the portrayal of Mrs. Child. Just loved the movie, found it both funny and sweet at the same time. I really enjoyed the scenery and location the movie was filmed. The costumes are very authentic; there really is nothing I could suggest to improve this film. I saw this with a group of females and the movie audience seemed to be mainly female so don't know if this would appeal to males as much as females. I liked enough tom buy the movie when it became available for purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Special

    Husband and I enjoyed seeing this in the theater so much we had to own it. We love the movie AND the interviews on the DVD!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Yummy!

    I was really hoping I'd like this film. I usually like both of the main actresses, but I have to say, I was no fan of Amy Adams in this movie. Honestly, I had a hard time getting past her ugly haircut, which wasn't made any easier by the ridiculous role she had. Her character is a whiny, pathetic, self involved government secretary. Ugh. It was difficult to keep watching.

    On the other hand, I did enjoy most of the scenes with Stanley Tucci, playing Paul Child, and Meryl Streep, playing Julia. I was happy with the way their relationship was potrayed, very loving and fun overall. I didn't think the McCarthy questioning or the relationship with Julia's family really fit into that storyline, though.

    On the whole, this movie was disturbingly disjointed and the particular parts themselves couldn't even stand well on their own.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Julie & Julia

    Delightful movie! The humor mixed with an everyday modern situation that audiences can relate to keeps the viewer engaged and entertained. Julie's frustration with cooking the recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art Of French Cooking is delightfully paralleled by the biography of Julia Child becoming a cook and writing that very cook book! Both women are down to earth characters that are easy to relate to. The humor and trauma of their situations are intriguing that keeps the viewer involved. My favorite scene was when Julie was cooking lobster, starting with the purchase of the lobster, Julie's hysteria over killing the lobster is hilarious! Equally humorous is Julia Child's struggle to graduate from the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. Her manner of dealing with obstacles, being the only woman in the class, keep you rooting for her to the end.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Julie & Julia is great!!

    A great video with terrific performances by Maryl Streep and company. Everyone should see this movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fun story for food lovers!!

    I actually spend little time in the kitchen and really had no idea who Julia Child was until I saw this movie. I love that she was a strong woman. She was determined to do what she wanted and that was to cook and then to write a cookbook for Americans. I think the challenge that Julie took on to learn to cook by cooking Julia child's recipe was commendable and definitely a tremendous feat. I was definitely suprised at the end of the movie that Julia Child was not pleased with Julie's Challenge. I actually thought it would have turned out where they met or something like that, so I was a little thrown off at the and as well as sad for Julie. But overall a good movie for the whole family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Good!

    Its a feel good movie! I love it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Feel Good Kind Of Movie

    I watched this with my girlfriend recently, who had seen it once before and said it was good. She rented it one night and we sat down & watched it. Though I wasn't completed amazed by it, I still felt that it was a pretty enjoyable movie. A perfect movie for a night of cuddling up on the couch with that special someone, with a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messine did wonderfully in this, and though there was a small bit of drama, as per usual in these types of movies, it was all around a pretty feel good movie. I would recommend it. Below are some other good movies containing some of the cast.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Meryl Streep is wonderful in this movie!

    I don't know how Meryl can look and act so much like Julia Child, but she does an amazing job. I found myself completely forgetting that she was not actually Julia! The premise of this movie is that a young woman (Amy Adams) has challenged herself to make it through Julia's first cookbook in a year, and to blog her results. She works full time, so must juggle the time it takes to buy all the ingredients she will need for her newest recipe, and then have time when she gets home in the evening to prepare the dish. Several funny scenes ensue. This movie is a worthwhile see - but don't expect a great movie - just an enjoyable one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An exceptional movie

    This is an exceptional movie, providing us with insight into the lives of two wonderful women, who through the movie quite frankly, motivated me to start writing a blog! Exceptional fine cast of characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An fascinating cooking story

    This movie contrasts the life of Julia Child and how she learned French cooking with an amateur cook who uses the blogging scene to document her adventures with the French cook book that Julia Child wrote. There are many funny scenes and Meryl Streep does an excellent job of impersonating Julia Child. My wife really liked this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    So charming!

    I'm a big fan of Meryl Streep and Julia Child so this movie could just touched me! And it did ! Meryl Streep as always, is amazing, it's a delight to see her as Julia Child, she has just the perfect touch to make it credible when someone else could have been ridiculous.
    Love it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!!!!

    If you love cooking and/or watching cooking shows, you will love this movie. Meryl Streep does such a great job of playing Julia Child that you think you are watching the real person. It's no wonder Streep is up for an Oscar for this one. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Does Not Disappoint

    Excellent. Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci are up to their usual standards of performance. Quite surprised at how well Amy Adams did in the part.

    Entertaining and engrossing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    This is an awesome movie. I love anything about food and i thought to myself, why not get this movie? SO I DID! It has awesome characters and I love how it plays both Julia and Julie's side of the story. I recommend that you get it!

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