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Julie & Julia

Theatrical poster
Directed by Nora Ephron
Produced by Nora Ephron
Laurence Mark
Eric Steel
Amy Robinson
Written by Nora Ephron
Julie Powell
Starring Meryl Streep
Amy Adams
Stanley Tucci
Chris Messina
Linda Emond
Jane Lynch
Mary-Lynn Rajskub
Vanessa Ferlito
Casey Wilson
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Editing by Richard Marks
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 7, 2009 (2009-08-07)
Running time 123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million
Gross revenue $118,552,598[1]

Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron. The film depicts events in the life of chef Julia Child in the early years in her culinary career, contrasting her life with Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child's cookbook during a single year, a challenge she described on her popular blog that would make her a published author.

Ephron's screenplay is adapted from two books: My Life in France, Child's autobiography, written with Alex Prud'homme, and a memoir by Julie Powell. In August 2002, Powell started documenting online her daily experiences cooking each of the 524 recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she later began reworking that blog, The Julie/Julia Project.[2] Both of these books were written and published in the same time frame of 2004 to 2006. The film is the first major motion picture based on a blog.[3]

Ephron began filming Julie & Julia in March 2008. Meryl Streep portrays Julia Child, and Amy Adams appears as Julie Powell. The film officially premiered on July 30, 2009 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City and opened throughout North America on August 7, 2009.[4] Meryl Streep and Amy Adams previously starred together in the critically acclaimed film Doubt.



In 2002, Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is a young writer trapped in a rather unpleasant job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's call center, where she answers telephone calls from victims of the September 11 attacks, as well as members of the general public calling to complain about the LMDC's controversial plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center. To enliven her dreary life, she attempts to cook every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was published in 1961, and writes a blog to document her progress.

Woven into her story is the story of Julia Child's time in Paris, in the 1950s, in which she discovers the art of French cooking. The plot structure carefully highlights similarities in the challenges encountered by both Julie and Julia. Both women get much support from their husbands, although at one point Powell's husband is fed up with her excessive devotion to her hobby and leaves her briefly for a few days.

Eventually, Julie's blog is highlighted in a story published in the New York Times, after which her project finally begins to receive the attention of journalists, literary agents, and publishers, as well as a dismissive response from Child herself. After Julia's book is initially rejected by Houghton Mifflin, it is eventually accepted and published by Alfred A. Knopf. The last scene shows Julia Child receiving a first print of her cookbook and celebrating the event with her husband.




Critical reaction

The film has received generally positive reviews from critics.[8] Rotten Tomatoes reported that 75% of critics gave positive reviews based on 155 reviews with an average score of 6.7/10. [9] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, gave it an average score of 65%, based on 32 reviews. [8] Meryl Streep has been widely praised for her performance as Julia Child. Movie critic A.O. Scott of The New York Times affirmed that "By now this actress [Streep] has exhausted every superlative that exists and to suggest that she has outdone herself is only to say that she’s done it again. Her performance goes beyond physical imitation, though she has the rounded shoulders and the fluting voice down perfectly."[10] Reviewer Peter Travers wrote in Rolling Stone that "Meryl Streep — at her brilliant, beguiling best — is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia."[11] Similarly, Stephanie Zacharek of Salon magazine concluded that "Streep isn't playing Julia Child here, but something both more elusive and more truthful — she's playing our idea of Julia Child."[12]

Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan commented, "[Julie & Julia] does it right. A consummate entertainment that echoes the rhythms and attitudes of classic Hollywood, it's a satisfying throwback to those old-fashioned movie fantasies where impossible dreams do come true. And, in this case, it really happened. Twice."[13] The A.V. Club gave the film a C, explaining, "Julie & Julia is two movies in one. That’s one more movie than it needs to be."[14] Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+.[15] The review by Slate was also positive.[16]

Box office

On its opening weekend, the film opened #2 behind G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra with $20.1 million. [17] As of October 12, 2009, the film has made $118,552,598 worldwide, surpassing its $40 million budget.[18]

Awards and Nominations

Awards and Nominations
Award Category Nominee Result
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards[19] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards[20] Best Actress Meryl Streep Pending
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards[21] Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards[22] Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
EDA Awards[23] Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[24] Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Meryl Streep Pending
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Film Pending
Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Meryl Streep Nominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards[25] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
London Film Critics' Circle Awards[26] Best Actress Meryl Streep Pending
New York Film Critics Circle Awards[27] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
New York Film Critics Online Awards[28] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
North Texas Film Critics Association Awards[29] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards[30] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards[31] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards[32] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
Satellite Awards[33] Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Meryl Streep Won
Best Film – Musical or Comedy Film Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Nora Ephron Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Meryl Streep Pending
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards[34] Best Actress Meryl Streep Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards[35] Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards[36] Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated

Home release

Julie & Julia was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 8, 2009. The DVD and Blu-ray releases has many special features and closed captioning, which is optional on the disc.

Film inaccuracies

  • Powell wrote an article explaining that the film gave no emphases on her relationship with her beloved cat Maxine. The cat does make a few appearances in the film, but the "cat actor", according to Powell, has almost no physical resemblance.[37]
  • The depiction of Julie as herself in a New York magazine article at the beginning of the film is fictional.[37]


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