Julie and Julia (2009, written and directed by Nora Ephron)
[No. 35 of 52 in #52FilmsByWomen]
For one reason or another, working on some sort of project is a great way to give themselves a sense of direction in their lives. Julie Powell (Amy Adams), turning 30 and seeing her friends being busy with their successful careers and personal lives feels despondent with her dead-end job of being a telephone operator for an insurance company. So she sets herself the goal of cooking through all the recipes of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child within one year, while writing a blog about it.
This is a fun adventure of seeing Julie going through her us and downs of keeping to her schedule and balancing her life around the difficult tasks required by the complicated recipes. There is also a parallel storyline taking place in the 1940s were we follow Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) and how she learned French cooking and published her book.
As far as the story goes, this is a charming and lighthearted movie. Though there seemed to be plot threads that seemed to have dropped or resolved somewhat arbitrarily at the end, the rest of the movie is fun and entertaining. Also looking at all the food might make you hungry.