Julie & Julia


Julie & Julia

Written by 
Julie Powell, Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme (Book)

Director Nora Ephron
Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Jane Lynch

Category    Enterpreneurship& Innovation,Goal Setting,Women      


Sony Pictures Releasing



Language English
123 min

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The film Julie & Julia (2009) written and directed by Nora Ephron is the first major motion picture to be based on a blog. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Julie & Julia is a combination of the true stories of two women who each successfully realised their dream. The first woman, Julia Child (portrayed by Meryl Streep) was an American living in Paris. Despite the ridicule of her peers in the ‘50s she became a world acclaimed chef at a mature age. She accomplished that by having a clear vision and persisting despite the negative reactions around her and the long time that the realisation of her vision took.

The second woman, Julie Powell (Amy Adams), was a disillusioned young writer in New York in the ‘00s with an unpleasant job who used to vent her frustrations on her blog. One day Julie decides to innovatively start something new and creative to change her life and push her career as a writer, by combining her passion for cooking with writing. Inspired by Julia Child, she aspired to cook all 524 recipes in her role model’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French cooking” in 365 days hoping that this challenge would make her a published author. She did this in her spare time and blogged about it on a daily basis. The Julie/Julia Project, as she called it, eventually became known to journalists and publishers who got interested in her work, leading to the subsequent publishing of her memoir of the whole experience.

But when Julie achieved fame she was saddened to find out that her role model, Julia, wasn’t appreciative of her Julie/Julia Project blog when asked by a journalist to comment on it’s success. Julie eventually came to realise that appreciating someone for their achievements is good but worshiping anyone as if they are perfect doesn’t help.

The two women’s stories, though set in different eras and in different contexts, have many similarities. Both women were innovators and enterpreneurs. Both of them had a clear vision, set goals to achieve their vision and they persisted in achieving their goals despite the obstacles. In addition, Julie had set herself a challenging deadline to her goals: to cook all 524 recipes in 365 days. Julie faced problems in achieving her challenge, her journey to meeting her goal was not an easy ride. It even rocked her marriage at some point. Just having a clear vision is not enough to succeed in business. Meeting your deadlines and persisting at the face of obstacles is necessary in (working) life to achieve your goals.

Contributed by: Kiki Kallis