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Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia

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DVD, amazon.com, release date December 8, 2009

DVD, amazon.co.uk, release date March 8, 2010

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August 9, 2009

I enjoyed seeing the movie Julie & Julia this afternoon. A married woman in Queens, New York, a few years ago cooks during one year all the recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blogs about it. Interspersed are scenes from the life of Julia Child in the 1950's when she co-authored her famous cookbook with Simone Beck. Meryl Streep plays the part of Julia Child well but stops a little short of doing a full imitation of her, probably for the better. On the whole the movie is pleasant and worth seeing.

One scene takes place in South Station, Boston, but was not actually shot there, one reason being that the waiting room with the big wooden benches, where the scene is supposed to be taking place, was in the part of the station that was torn down a few decades ago when the station was reduced in size. I remember that waiting room from my childhood and it wasn't so spacious or so glamorous as it appears in the movie.

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"The movie alternates between Child's story as a restless American in Paris in the nineteen-fifties, longing to write a cookbook, and the adventures in Queens, in 2002, of a lost young American wife (Amy Adams), who sets out to replicate Child's recipes--a structure that is more a rhyming device than a dramatic idea. Yet it works well enough to hold together a dual fable of driving ambition and anxious discipleship. 'Julie & Julia'is one of the gentlest, most charming American movies of the past decade."--David Denby, The New Yorker

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"I truly and thorougly enjoyed the film--maybe I'm a bit biased as I run an online blog here that includes cooking videos as a primary segment, but I definitely recommend it, and would see it a second time."--Peter

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Theatrical release page at amazon.com

Julie Powell interview, Times Online

Meryl Streep on why Hollywood's men don't trust women

A blogger plans to watch Julie & Julia every day for a year.