Leslie Cook

Julie and Julia

In In My Opinion..., Movie Review on August 8, 2009 at 11:34 pm

We just got back from seeing Julie and Julia, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Yes, it is probably categorized as a “chick flick,” although my husband really liked it too. It was funny and well acted and I felt as if I knew all of these characters. For those who have never heard of the movie, here’s a brief synopsis: 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, is possible. Thank you IMDB!

As I said, it was a wonderful, happy movie where nothing blew up, the couples were happy and relatively normal, and butter was flowing like wine! Frankly, watching this film makes me want to rush out and read Julia Child’s biography “My Life in France” just to see what else she got up to. I remember as a girl watching Julia on PBS every Saturday morning (I think It was Saturday), and she was always so much fun. She made me want to grow up, get my own place and become a cook who would invite her friends over for an evening of good food, wine and talk. Although I suppose that didn’t really happen in my life (I do have parties but I’m not what you’d call a good cook), Julia did instill in me a love of French culture, helped to move me toward French as a second language, and provided me with good TV.

As we entered the theatre, the one thing I noticed about the audience was the average age. Granted, it was a Saturday matinee, and I’m not sure how the movie will play in the evenings, but the theatre was full and it was mainly inhabited by people over fifty. It was nice. Most of the movies I’ve attended recently have been populated by people in their teens or twenties. Frankly, I haven’t seen an audience this mature since I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was nice not having to tell people to quiet down or trying to ignore the glow of IPhones around the theatre as I watch a movie. It was nice seeing daughters and moms, or girlfriends out together to see a happy movie. It was nice sitting next to my husband and tearing up because someone’s dream came true without having to witness a stabbing or a gunshot wound to a minor character. I’ve forgotten what adult comedy was like. I now realize how much I miss it.

So I’m praying that Julie and Julia does well at the box office. I’d like to see more movies like this. Hollywood, I hope you’re listening.

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