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Just saw the film yesterday -- whoever thought of getting Meryl Streep to play Julia Child should be canonized.

But it was a loved her-hated her kind of thing. The film would have been vastly improved by dumping that whining, self-absorbed yuppie chick.


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Always good advice to dump that chick, Bill....or anybody who matches that description, in any gender...


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Thirded. "Chick" is fine (Saint Esther Friesner having hallowed that usage) ;) and "yuppie" is at least sometimes tolerable. But "whining" and "self-absorbed" are best dumped wherever, and in whomever, they are found. :/

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If you are describing the Amy Adams character, then I've got to see this. Haven't seen much of what she's been in, but she's always likeable.


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I found the ratings on this film interesting - the Rotten Tomatoes score was a dismal 27% up until the prerelease reviews. It then jumped to a very respectable 76%.

Most films score very highly in early reviews, even the real turkeys. I can't quite figure how the crummy reviews stacked up first.

(I like RT's scoring system, especially if you filter out all the bloggy noname reviewers.)

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BillPatterson wrote:
Just saw the film yesterday -- whoever thought of getting Meryl Streep to play Julia Child should be canonized.


Right after the one who cast Dan Ackroyd in the role originally, of course....


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The British counterpart to Julia Child was Fanny Cradock, inevitably accompanied by her husband and using large amounts of cooking wine. Benny Hill regularly skewered them (playing Fanny, of course, and depicting her husband as falling down drunk) in skits that are hysterically funny. There used to be one on YouTube but it's been taken down.


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Isn't "Fanny" an, erm, loaded word in British? I know Robots had to change the name of the character from "Aunt Fanny" to something else for UK release because of this.

There was also Graham Kerr on this side, who sipped at the wine course as he cooked and was often well-lit by the time he called an audience member up to dine with him.


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JamesGifford wrote:
Isn't "Fanny" an, erm, loaded word in British?

Yes, but it's sufficiently overloaded (e.g. "bush", "cock") through usage as a name (e.g. "Fanny Hill") that it doesn't immediately trigger derision. Same with "Randy".


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RobertJames wrote:
BillPatterson wrote:
Just saw the film yesterday -- whoever thought of getting Meryl Streep to play Julia Child should be canonized.


Right after the one who cast Dan Ackroyd in the role originally, of course....

Considering how that SNL crew worked, tht was probably Dan Ackroyd. I would go along with canonizing him, too -- but not for SNL; for his body of film work.


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