At first glance, the new movie Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as blogger Julie Powell, might seem to be merely a story about two women cooking rich, fatty, fabulous French food. And on some levels it is. But, according to its two stars, the story is really about love, sex and good marriages that can withstand change.
Julie & Julia depicts the late chef, author and television personality Julia Child’s rise to culinary fame and intertwines it with the adventures of Julie Powell, a self-professed “government drone by day, renegade foodie by night.” In 2002 Powell set out to challenge herself by cooking all 524 recipes from Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook in exactly one year. Powell blogged about her daily successes and failures in her kitchen and eventually turned those stories into a book, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment.
Behind both of these headstrong, driven women were their loving, supportive, and well-fed husbands. Paul Childs (Stanley Tucci) and Eric Powell (Chris Messina) were there almost every step of the way as their wives searched for meaning in their own lives through the art of cooking. Writer and director Nora Ephron told AMC News that these men weren’t “threatened by their wives ambitions.” Streep summed up the movie’s portrayal of these two marriages nicely, saying that having a supportive spouse who takes you as you are is “the greatest gift life can give you.”