Julie & Julia

  • 12
  • Nora Ephron (2009)
  • US
  • 118 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

For those who haven't heard of her, Julia Child was America's answer to Fanny Cradock, and she's played here with hilarious gusto by Meryl Streep. Following separate timelines, the film details Child's experiences in late 1940s Paris which led to the 1961 publication of her seminal book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and the year - four decades later - that contemporary New Yorker Julie Powell spends cooking all of its 524 recipes. A frustrated writer, Powell (played by an amusingly angsty Amy Adams) recorded her exploits in a blog that eventually became a bestseller in its own right, and is the joint source of inspiration for the script along with Child's own memoirs. Powell's story is a fun-filled mission that will appeal to a new generation of Nigella wannabes, while Child has a few lessons to impart to the modern woman trying to balance personal and professional ambitions. This is a warm and welcome refreshment from writer/director Nora Ephron following the undernourishing experience of Bewitched in 2005.

Plot Summary

Biographical drama starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. In 1961, chef Julia Child publishes her seminal book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In 2002, New York writer Julie Powell becomes an internet sensation when she records her attempt to cook all of the book's 524 recipes in one year.

Cast and crew

Cast

Julie Powell
Amy Adams
Julia Child
Meryl Streep
Dorothy McWilliams
Jane Lynch
Cassie
Vanessa Ferlito
Paul Child
Stanley Tucci
Sarah
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Louisette Bertholle
Helen Carey
Eric Powell
Chris Messina
Regina
Casey Wilson
Simone Beck
Linda Emond

Crew

Director
Nora Ephron

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Sep 2009
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Sony DADC UK Limited
Categories
Drama