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Julie & Julia

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Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron (2009)

118min
12 Certificate
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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 that 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.

Summary

Biopic telling the stories of revolutionary 1960s American chef Julia Child and modern-day housewife Julie Powell, who vows to master her heroine's most famous recipes in one year and maintain a blog about her experiences. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond and Helen Carey.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Nora Ephron
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd. Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Sep 2009

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