Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) are featured in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. —IMDb
The daughter of author/screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron, Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley. She first made her mark as humorist, satirist, and dead-on parodist in book form (Crazy Salad) and in magazine articles. Ephron’s first movie assignment was the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Silkwood (1983). Her stormy marriage with Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein provided grist for her roman a clef Heartburn, which she adapted into a highly praised 1986 film. After years of courting cynicism and waspishness in her work, Ephron turned romantic with her script for the extremely popular When Harry Met Sally… (1989) and has remained in this vein ever since. After a few so-so writing and producing assignments, she made her directing bow with This Is My Life (1992), which she co-wrote with sister Delia Ephron. She then served as director and writer of Sleepless in Seattle, a big-time hit of 1993. Five years later, she re-teamed with Sleepless stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for You’ve… read more
An odd, if not entirely unexpected, marriage of biographical streams (could a modern studio have devoted time entirely to the latter named titular protagonist?) Pleasant as best - an undemanding soak - but revealing little about either character apart from the film-maker's apparent need to frame recent history with a modern device thus splittting the affair into two unsatisfactory halves.
Julia Child did not much approve of Julie Powell’s self-absorbed and derivative blog. After digesting Nora Ephron’s saccharine and unbalanced film, one cannot help but agree.
As Child’s peers… read review
Director Nora Ephron clearly has a passion for food and there are scenes in which she makes the process so vivid that it begins to look easy. She has the visuals down, but her script is a different… read review
Ignoring the shallowness of the Julie Powell part(on the second viewing, I think I understood why the Powell portion of the film doesn’t work
- it’s as dry and self-serving and dull as her… read review