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Julie & Julia (2009)

This movie is really two movies in one, with stories of two women, set 50 years apart in separate continents. Although great pains were taken in the script and editing to draw parallels between the two, Meryl Streep in her spot-on portrayal of TV chef Julia Child really overshadows the rest of the movie. It was interesting to learn that Child wasn’t born a good cook, and struggled to get her influential 1961 book Mastering the Art of French Cooking published. At times I was left wishing this was just a straight biopic of Child. In the lesser half of the film, Amy Adams plays Julie Powell, what today is called a foodie, cooking through all of the recipes in Child’s book and writing a blog about it, more often than not failing to emulate her hero, and jeopardizing her marriage in the process. Although Amy Adams and Chris Messina are playing “normal people”, as opposed to Streep and Stanley Tucci as Julia and Paul Child, a little more charisma would have made the 21st century half of the story a bit more compelling.

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