Also a refreshing change of pace is that healthy, functional marriages actually get some good press. Instead of the superficial love of many romantic comedies or the life-stinks-when-you-get-married shtick that's served up in so many comedies, both Julie's and Julia's relationships with their husbands are rock solid and authentic. We see both of these couples endure the ups and downs of sharing life together, all with an underlying sense of support for each other's dreams.

Adding further gravitas to what could've been a script as light and airy as the perfect soufflé, Ephron also isn't afraid to tackle weightier topics. Whether it's the sense of failure that Julia feels when her cookbook is initially rejected or the tears she sheds when she receives word that her sister is expecting a baby (she isn't able to have children), these moments pack a real and unexpected emotional punch. However, what ultimately takes the proverbial cake in Julie & Julia is the inherent charms of Julia herself—and all that glorious French food. Be forewarned: You'll likely leave the theater very, very hungry—and craving something with lots and lots of butter.
      
CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking (mostly involving wine with dinner) and cigarette smoking.
  • Language/Profanity:  Profanity is used on occasion, plus one use of the "f" word.
  • Sex/Nudity:  The only sex in this movie involves married couples. There's no nudity and little shown beyond foreplay.
  • Violence:  Only of a comedic nature.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.