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Aug 6, 2009 11:55 AM

Julie and Julia Review-NYT

They like it! They really, really like it!

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  1. Thats the second good review I've read. Now I'm REALLY annoyed we didn't go last night, even if we would have had to bring the pups......oh well, hopefully it will come to our neighborhood soon.

    1. Well, it didn't sound like a complete rave to me (though I am seeing it tomorrow morning at 10:35!):

      "The unevenness of “Julie and Julia” is nobody’s fault, really. It arises from an inherent flaw in the film’s premise. Julie is an insecure, enterprising young woman who found a gimmick and scored a book contract. Julia is a figure of such imposing cultural stature that her pots and pans are displayed at the Smithsonian. The fact that Ms. Ephron, like Julie herself, is well aware of this gap does not prevent the film from falling into it. All the filmmaker’s artful whisking can’t quite achieve the light, fluffy emulsion she is trying for"

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      1. re: MMRuth

        Yes, 20-something angst is not pretty, but parts of the book were so funny that I laughed out loud (which I never do). I'll have to see if the movie successfully translated her humor onto the screen.

        1. re: Claudette

          Did you read the blog? I wish they had just compiled the blog into a book - I read the book but thought the blog was better. (I hope I'm not sounding churlish about all this!!)

          1. re: MMRuth

            Agree--the blog was a delight to read. I haven't read the book, so I can't comment on it (and I've only started My Life in France the other day--entertaining, infectious, but definitely in need of a little more editing).

            That said, I am going to see the movie tomorrow afternoon. It's part of my staycation, since my real vacation was cancelled on short notice (valid reasons--travel partner's mother took a turn for the worse). I'm hoping that Julie doesn't come off too vacuous in the movie, since I really did enjoy her blog!

            1. re: MMRuth

              I too wish that the book had been just a compilation of the blog. I was an avid reader and really enjoyed it. I read the book when it first came out and I was a little disappointed - it seemed to "prettified" compared to the blog. However ---I just reread the book and enjoyed it much more than I did the first time. So perhaps I needed to read it as its own thing instead of comparing it to the blog.

              I am going to see the movie next week and I am excited about it.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Thanks for the link, SnackHappy -- my August to do list on my own staycation just grew :-). I was not bowled over by the preview showing I saw, thinking the Julie parts were weak, so it will be good to go to the source material.

                1. re: grayelf

                  I loved the blog but read most of it as it was written (god, that was a while ago). Not sure it would survive being crammed down too quickly. But yes, go read it! (Sounds like our Julie has been PG'd.)

                2. re: SnackHappy

                  Oh thank you for the link! You're right google isnt to be feared-but this is SO much easier!

            1. We're going to see it tonight. I'm sure it'll be good for a few laughs. Meryl looks great as Julia and Amy Adams is adorable.


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              1. re: Davwud

                Meryl is great as Julia, and Amy Adams is adorable-ish in the movie.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Well, we're practically out the door to see for ourselves.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    I just got back from seeing the film--very delightful, entertaining, and frankly, I thought Amy Adams did a wonderful job as Julie (very real and very human). That's a tough job, with the always wonderful Meryl Streep--icon playing icon.

                    I went to a 1:00 matinee--only 2 men in the whole audience and about 85% over the age of 65 (boy, did I feel young--and I'm 48!) But clearly folks enjoyed the film. It's not going to win awards and it won't go down in history as great cinema, but a wonderful way of spending an afternoon. Though with the age of the audience, this may have been less a chick flick than a stewing hen flick! I definitely think foodies and Julia fans will get more out of this, though. My friend, with whom I saw the film, enjoyed it, but much of the context was lost on her. She is not a foodie and barely knows who Julia Child is (and she's 15 years younger than I am).

                    But, I'd go see it again!

                    1. re: nofunlatte

                      "Stewing hen flick!" That's a good one. Thanks for the chuckle. : D

                      1. re: nofunlatte

                        Yes, I'm over 65 and "Mastering the Art..." was my first serious cookbook as a newly wed, back in the very early 60's. I used to rearrange my life to watch her show on PBS. I very much enjoyed Julie Powell's book, My Life in France, too. I'm planning to see it this weekend, IF it rains!

                        1. re: Pat Hammond

                          I did get to see it yesterday. I expected to like it and I certainly did. I laughed and even got a little teary, in a few spots. Streep, of course, was astonishing. In the scene where she was portraying Julia on her TV show, I had to blink a couple of times, because I wasn't sure whether I was seeing Julia as Julia or Streep as Julia. Amy Adams held her own beautifully, I thought. Loved the husbands, Messina and Tucci.

                          As I left the theater, it was like a sorority of gal's from the 60s, as we buzzed among ourselves and reminisced about cooking with Julia. Just plain good fun!

                        2. re: nofunlatte

                          "only 2 men in the whole audience and about 85% over the age of 65"
                          Funny, it looked like every gay man in Chelsea was there in the theater with me yesterday. Loved the movie; Meryl Streep and Sanley Tucci were delightful (as always).

                          1. re: Emmmily

                            A weekend matinee in the Boston 'burbs: it was easy to read my watch by the light reflecting off the chrome-domes and silver heads that comprised over half the audience. I imagine it will be packed on senior Tuesday.......had I read the fine print I'd have waited 10 days and saved $4 (plus I'll need something to take my mind off that ominous milestone ;-D)
                            I thoroughly enjoyed the film and am curious about the camera tricks. I know they hired short extras but it looks like they somehow elongated the legs on Julia and her sister.

                            *******Streep, Adams, and Ephron will be the guests on PBS' Charlie Rose on Monday 8/10.********

                  2. Just got home from the movie. As has been mentioned, it's not an award winning movie, but not every movie has to be. It was very enjoyable and both my husband and I laughed a lot. Meryl Streep was fantastic and Amy Adams was great too.

                    Made me proud (or should I say even prouder!) to be a chowhound!

                    1. I thought the movie was adorable. I haven't read the book but I did just finish My Life In France which was a very enjoyable book as well.