Julie and Julia- A Movie Review

August 20, 2009

Last night I met with DC food bloggers Rose and Quinn, as well as a few readers, to see Julie and Julia. I was a bit nervous since I’d never met these ladies (though I had stalked their blogs prior to the rendez-vous), but nerves were wasted as they were all so friendly and welcoming to the DC food blog scene. The movie was excellent and the company couldn’t have been any better.

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Julie and Julia:
The premise: Julie is a young woman who is lost in her life. She has no direction, no real career, no sense of purpose, and is approaching the age of 30. She desperately wants to something in her life that has meaning and decides to create the Julie/Julia Project in which she undertakes to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year’s time and blog about it. Throught the process, she learns about the Julia Child the woman, the author, the revolutionary cook and connects to Julia as a kindred spirit. The film intertwines the lives of Julie and Julia so that the audience learns of Julia’s life story and struggle to publish her culinary masterpiece while seeing the impact it has on Julie. In the end, Julia gets published and Julie’s blog launches into the stratosphere when she is featured in the NY Times. Julie accomplishes her goals of cooking every single recipe in the cookbook, finishing her project on time, and becoming a successful writer.

My opinion: The movie was fantastic. The acting was superb, the story line was a dream, and the audience left feeling better educated about one of the world’s best known culinary wonders-Julia Child. The movie was a perfect homage to Julia Child that gave her the credit she aptly deserves for inspiring chefs (professional and non-professional) everywhere.

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Quinn August 21, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Jennifer – It was so wonderful to meet you and your boyfriend Nick. It was so much fun, and I cannot wait to have another get together soon! This time with food! Have a wonderful weekend!

Allyson August 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Can’t wait to see it!

Sonja August 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

Jennifer, it was wonderful to meet you! Looking forward to future gatherings!

Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 20, 2009 at 11:28 pm

i loved the movie. my hubby and i had a nice chuckle about their “fight” – we had that discussion about our personal lives/blogging before i even went “live”

Kat August 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Hey Jennifer and Jessica,
Just wanted to let you know I just started my own blog and, because I love your site, I added you to my blogroll. You guys always have such beautiful pictures and creative recipes.

I hope you will check out my blog!



Jennifer August 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

Thanks for the grand compliment Kat. Will def check out your site! Congrats!

Jessica August 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I really must see this movie soon (A) because I love food + julia child and (B) because my mom looks like meryl’s twin!

brandi August 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm

what a fun night!

i saw the movie and loved it too. I think Meryl Streep did an amazing job playing Julia Child – what a tough part to have! Plus, it was about food, amazing food, and blogging. :)

Alison August 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I so want to see this movie. My parents saw it over the weekend and loved it. I’ll wait till it’s on video, but I really look forward to it.

Beth @ CrossBorderCravings August 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I loved the movie too! I thought Meryl Streep was really really fantastic as Julia and Amy Adam’s character was very easy to relate to!

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