Over the weekend, I went to see the movie Julie and Julia.
The movie follows two women, Julia Child and Julie Powell, as they experience similar difficulties in life. Julie Powell decides to blog about working her way through Julia Child’s french cookbook. 524 recipes in 365 days. The movie then intertwines the stories of Julia Child (as told through her own memoirs) and Jule Powell.
One thing I really liked about the movie was the way they did a passing nod to the whole size issue, and then dropped it. In the beginning of the movie, Julie goes to have lunch with “friends”. It’s the “dreaded Cobb Salad luncheon”. As Julie is sitting in the restaurant, ignored by friends who are too busy with their own lives and success to have time for her, she takes a bread stick and starts nibbling on it. One of the friends, on the phone talking upper 6-figure business with her assistant, pulls the bread stick out of Julie’s hand and shakes her head.
In another scene, Julie complains about putting on weight, and her husband looks at her like she’s crazy.
And that is all that is said about dieting or weight for the whole film.
Even when we see her friend Sarah, played by Mary Lynn Rajskub (who is definitely not Hollywood skinny in this film), there are no fat jokes. The not-skinny friend doesn’t make any self-depreciating comments about her weight or anything.
Truly, for a movie that has food and peoples relationships around food (dinner parties, learning to cook, enjoying life) as a theme, it was surprisingly neutral in it’s portrayal of weight and weight issues.
The plot of the movie itself was awesome. As a foodie, I loved watching about both Julia Child’s life and how she went into cooking, and the struggles of a modern woman trying to cook all of Julia Child’s recipes. The scene where Julie cooks lobster is the best, in my opinion, of the whole movie.
I definately give this movie a thumbs up. It’s engaging (at least to a foodie like me it was), and best of all, no mention of how butter or eggs or anything was bad for a person.