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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Julie and Julia

(Yes, I can't believe I paid full price and I went on opening night! I never do that!)
Julie & Julia Ticket $9.00
Medium Soda $3.75
Medium Popcorn $3.00 dinner (because no one saved me any)
Errands after the show $17.57
My first 3 hour break from the kids in eons...Priceless.
Meryl Streep was awesome. But Jane Lynch was a scene stealer too as her sister. In fact the scenes with the 2 of them were hilarious. I'm sure I missed a few lines because the whole theater was laughing so hard during their scenes. Watching this movie I just kept kicking myself that I never thought of this first...blogging my way through Julia Child's "Mastering The Art Of French Cooking".

As a kid I loved watching Julia Child on PBS. (I just looked up to see if Julia Child reruns are playing on my local PBS station and they are! Channel 11, Channel 20 and several Cable channels that I don't get. They are currently playing "Julia and Jacques Cooking At Home". I'm not a big fan of Jacques, but if I have to endure him to watch Julia, I will. If I'm home, I'll try to catch it.)

The only bone I have to pick in this movie is about the proportions. Meryl Streep is 5' 6" tall. The pumps that Meryl Streep wore had to be at least 4 inches. On a talk show Meryl Streep mentioned that they altered the size of props on the set to make her appear taller than the other actors, but sometimes between the size of the props and the camera angles, Meryl Streep playing Julia Child seemed like more a towering Amazon than Julia Child's actual 6' 2" height. Jane Lynch is actually 6' tall, but they made her appear even taller than that. Yes, I'm saying it wasn't proportionately accurate.

I haven't read the blog that Julie Powell wrote or the book. I haven't heard many good things about either. I think it's a great concept though and I did enjoy the movie.

I would really love to get my hands on a hardcover copy of "Mastering The Art Of French Cooking". Our son loves cooking and I would love to get a copy and cook through it with him. I think it would be an awesome experience for both of us. (And it could prove to be some excellent blog fodder as well. And you know I'm all about that.) And I do love spending time in the kitchen with him.

So have you seen the movie? What did you think of it?

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Auntie E said...

My daughter wanted to see it on Thursday, We tried to go but the last minute stuff for our trip to the Erie area got in the way, so we missed the show time, only one theater show it in our area. I do want to see that one so nest week when we get back, for sure

Em said...

I bow to Meryl Streep, so I can't wait to see it. The break from the kiddos will be icing.

Glad to hear you liked it!!

P.S. a medium popcorn for dinner sounds like Heaven.

Stephany said...

I was in 3rd grade and my mom spent the summer with french cooking, i just remember hating a clay pot with chicken and tomatos in it. lol it's prob good, now as an adult. i never knew this movie was out now, thanks for the review

Lin said...

Isn't it crazy expensive to see a show these days?? Yikes. At least you liked the movie! The last one we saw was "Hangover" and it was worth every dime!

Buggys said...

LOVE Meryl Streep! I haven't seen it yet but it is on the list for sure. I used to watch Julia Childs when I was a kid and I loved her.

Patricia Rockwell said...

You beat me to the punch. I saw the movie last night and am planning my review for tomorrow! Yes, loved it--and then some!

JD at I Do Things said...

This looks pretty good, but I'll probably wait for the DVD. LOOOOOVE Stanley Tucci.

I found this post that tried out a single meal. The garlic soup and souffle look hard, but I'd make the chicken bacon dish in a heartbeat.

Mama Kat said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I want to!!

Writing Nag said...

Glad to hear it was so good, I can't wait to go! One of my most prized possessions is a signed Julia Child cookbook...what an inspiration!

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burdy said...

Saw it with my mom and daughter yesterday and LOVED it...We moved to Europe in '64 from the states. I was 12. We first landed in Paris at night, went straight to Les Halles for onion soup and baguettes, and our conversion was sealed. From that moment on, we lived our lives around the markets, the menus, the two hour lunches, etc. My mother saw herself in Julia and the American women she taught...In fact, my mom did take classes from Simone Beck who visited my aunt's moulin in france to give master classes on the weekends. What a beautifully crafted film, and a perfect little travel back in time for me and my mother. Chapeaux to all!

Lynnette Kraft said...

I just heard about this movie and think it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

Thanks for linking up. It was very nice to meet you Lola.

Have a lovely week. :)
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