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Summer Movies like Julie and Julia

Updated on September 4, 2009

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are an effective duo in the summer movie, Julie and Julia.  Adams convincingly portrays the Long Island cook who wants to become a great chef like Julia Child.  Her character, Julie Powell, struggles nearly as much as Julia Child did in real life as she worked to get her cooking career off the ground.  Unlike Julia Child, Julie and her husband clash at times in the movie, especially after Julie's commitment to her blog and cooking intensifies.

Movie goers may be surprised (I certainly was) to learn about the great love that Julia Child shared with her husband of many years.  I didn't even know she was married until I saw the movie.  As a line in the movie states, you cannot tell about a person's private life by looking at their physical appearance.  We can make a lot of assumptions, but they are not always on target. 

This is one of the most endearing parts of the movie to me, the couples' relationships.  To top it all off, Meryl Streep is at her "Meryl Streep best" in this movie.  She has Julia Child's accent, body language, outgoing personality and mannerisms down pat!  It is as if Julia Child is playing herself on the screen at times.  Watching Meryl Streep bring the internationally renowed chef to life is worth watching this movie alone.  It's one of the 2009 summer movies that I might just get on DVD to watch again.

At the movie's end I was pleasantly inspired.  I had no idea that there was a section on Julia Child at the Smithsonian Institute.  For a woman who once rarely cooked then went on to become one of the world's most celebrated chef's the end result of Julia Child's life journey was certainly sweet.  Kudos to her, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep!

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