Julie & Julia (2009)
Meryl Streep pins down the mannerisms and the being of Julia Child to hilarious perfection in this pleasant but lightweight film about food, France, Julia Child and Julie Powell - a Child fan who became a semi-celebrity writing a blog about cooking all of Child's famous recipes in one year. The stories of the two women's life - in the 1940s and 2000s respectively - are told parallelly, with Ephron struggling to link them together in any other way than through Powell's desired spiritual connection with Child. With that said, Ephron jumps back and forth between her storylines with flair and elegance, and she gives both Streep and Amy Adams freedom to roam in front of the camera, letting their politically correctly devoted husbands support them when necessary. To sum up, Julie & Julia is a perfect little uplifter for the feminine half of movie audiences. The comedy is character-based and the drama is slight, but the film has a good heart and a true interest for food and women.