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Foodie movie will make your stom­ach growl with hunger

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de­light­ful mem­oir of the early years in her ideal mar­riage to Paul Child.

True, the movie shows that Paul – played with mod­est self­ef­face­ment by Stan­ley Tucci against Streep’s larger-than-life Ju­lia – en­cour­ages his beloved wife’s ev­ery ex­per­i­ment in the kitchen and the writ­ing of her sem­i­nal book. But by con­trast­ing that mem­oir with Pow­ell’s, the movie some­what dis­torts the life the Childs share.

Streep de­liv­ers yet an­other un­canny im­per­son­ation, get­ting ev­ery shade of the fa­mously hearty voice and ex­trav­a­gant per­son­al­ity that was Ju­lia.

Adams’ Julie is more of a lost soul. She lives with a “saint,” as she of­ten calls her hus­band, Eric (Chris Messina), in an iffy apart­ment above a pizza par­lour. She works as a sec­re­tary in a fed­eral gov­ern­ment of­fice.

Julie & Ju­lia is a mixed bless­ing. You en­joy vi­car­i­ously many dishes, sam­ple the good life in France and get treated to an­other Streep marvel. Stephen Gold­blatt’s lush cin­e­matog­ra­phy and Alexan­dre De­s­plat’s whim­si­cal score make the film’s two worlds invit­ing. Both fe­male pro­tag­o­nists even en­joy a fi­nal tri­umph, but one in­dulges far too much in Brid­get Jones-like self-ob­ses­sion. – The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter

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