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Julie & Julia

comedy, drama

A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie & Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child's(Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
1 out of 5
0 out of 5

Tempting Meryl Streep dramedy is OK but may bore kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this dramedy is ultimately upbeat, it isn't all sugary sweet. The protagonists -- strong female characters played by Amy Adams and Meryl Streep -- both undergo identity crises of sorts and must grapple with all that entails, a theme that may not appeal to tweens and under (though the soul-searching's not too deep).There's some swearing (including one use of "f--k"), and the movie's two married couples are comfortable displaying their physical affections, though there's no nudity or graphic love scenes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Julie felt compelled to set such a lofty goal. Was it just about the cooking? What did she learn besides how to make great food? How is she similar to or different from Julia?
  • How do the two characters stack up as role models?
  • What's the film's take on women's roles, both then and now? What aboutidentity? What shapes your identity? Your work, your personal life, orboth?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 22
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Meryl Streep is terrific. She will be again the darling of the award show season.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, August 10, 2009

Rotten: If it weren't for the sheer brilliance of Streep and on-screen husband Stanley Tucci, this would be an easy skip.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, August 10, 2009

Fresh: Sometimes a meal can be less than perfect but still so thoroughly enjoyable that a missed ingredient here or a bit of overcooking there doesn't really matter.

- Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News, Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Nice hearted and a gentle film.Meryl Streep givers a wacky and wonderful performance.Not normally my cup of tea but was very watch able with all players providing good solid performances.

- briandeguelle, Sunday, November 14, 2010

3 stars

Turned out to be an okay film. A little upset with the ending but that is because I have a deep desire to know what happened after. There had to something that happened after to get the true happy ending, right? : )

- dreamfaeries, Saturday, September 4, 2010

2 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010