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BY The Editors
Meryl Streep as Julia Child.
Nope, five words doesn’t do justice
to Nora Ephron’s charming Julie & Julia, now
Julie & Julia is
based on two autobiographical accounts: Julia Child’s My
Life in France and Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia,
recounting Powell’s attempt to blog her experiences cooking her way through all
536 recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French
Cooking in one year.
It’s a foodie comfort film, a sweet
depiction of two loving marriages, a salute to a bygone era and a dispatch from
the blogging age.
Streep is — so what else is new? —
dazzling as a giddily over-the-top Child; Stanley Tucci is her understated
equal as Child’s devoted husband, Paul.
No less essential is Amy Adams as
the winsomely neurotic Julie, a post-9/11 call-center worker with writing
aspirations whose cooking blog becomes a sensation, leading to a book deal …
and this movie.
Julie’s strained relationship with
her sharp-tongued mother, Julia’s struggles to be taken seriously in the
male-dominated world of French cooking, Julie’s ordeal with boiling live
lobsters — everyone will relate to something here. If there’s some adult
content (see content advisory), for once it’s between happily married couples.
Also new on DVD, Walt Disney
Pictures’ guinea-pig commando movie G-Force is a lame bit
of live-action Disney as usual that only highlights how good Disney Animation’s
was last year. If you haven’t caught up with Bolt on DVD, I
recommend it instead of G-Force.
Both films are 3-D family
action-comedies centered on elite, high-tech, computer-animated animal agents.
In both films, the heroes are forced to go AWOL, team up with civilian animals,
face humbling discoveries regarding their alleged high-tech specialness, and
ultimately decide that what matters is the ones they love.
has, among other things, actual characters and relationships that matter, a
well-constructed story, and an ear for dialogue — and dialect, from New York to
G-Force, on the other
hand, has broad stereotypes (the serious leader, the Latina siren, the hip-hop
color character, etc.), a story that plays like mediocre James Bond on nitrous
oxide, “hip” urban slang — and good old reliable potty humor.
Be warned: If your kids see G-Force,
they may want the tie-in plush toys, equipped not only with commando gear, but
sound chips, as well. Will the toys repeat lines from the movie like “Pimp my
ride!” and “That was off the hizook!”? I don’t want to know — do you?
Bonus Picks: Julia
Child: The Way to Cook, a two-disc 360-minute set. Also, “Star Trek:
The Original Series, Season 3” now on Blu-ray. The complete Seasons 1–3 is
Content advisory: Julie & Julia: A
couple of fleeting, non-explicit bedroom scenes and some sex-related dialogue;
a PG-13 f-bomb. Mature viewing. G-Force: Mild action and
rude humor; a few depictions of mistreatment of pets. Nothing terribly