Julie & Julia
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Julie & Julia

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Director: Nora Ephron

Cast: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams

     
 

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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 JuliaSee more details below

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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.

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:
12/08/2009
UPC:
0043396292291
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
15,691

Special Features

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

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Julia Child
Amy Adams Julie Powell
Stanley Tucci Actor,Paul Child
Chris Messina Actor,Eric Powell
Linda Emond Actor,Simone Beck
Helen Carey Louise Bertholle
Mary Lynn Rajskub Sarah,Actor
Jane Lynch Dorothy McWilliams,Actor
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,Actor
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 Julie's Mother

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 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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