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Life Arts    H3'ed 12/26/09

Why "Julie & Julia" Stinks

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The DVD of "Julie and Julia" was recently released -- perhaps some of you received one for Christmas -- so I thought I'd offer my two cents about the film. I hated it. Here's why:

Granted I'm a man and this is a woman's movie -- I've heard that fifty times -- but the reviews were so spectacular, the word-of-mouth has been so enthusiastic, the box-office so impressive, that my curiosity was aroused. I'm a former screenwriter and a movie buff, so I had to see what the brouhaha is all about.

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It's about nothing.

Sure it's "cute," but this movie has no story. There is no drama, no plot twist, no suspense, no nothing. Here's a brief synopsis: Julia Child lives in Paris with her husband (Stanley Tucci), who works for the American Embassy. His wife is bored so, after trying hat-making and bridge lessons, she ends up learning how to cook at the Cordon Bleu. She excels. She meets a pair of French woman, who are writing a cookbook for Americans. They ask her to help them. She agrees. It's no plot surprise that the book gets published, but that's the climax of the movie. This is about it for the Julia Child story.

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John Blumenthal has been a professional comedy writer for 25 years. A former associate editor and columnist at Playboy Magazine (following a short stint at Esquire), he's written 8 books and 2 produced movies. His films include "Short Time," (major (more...)
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