''Julie and Julia'' is a 2009 film based on a 2006 memoir titled "Julie & Julia". It tells two stories that, while related, never quite intersect.

One story is about Julie Powell (played by Creator/AmyAdams). Julie is a government worker and unsuccessful writer who has just moved to a depressing part of Queens for a larger apartment (relatively speaking) and to be closer to her husband's place of work. Her work is depressing -- the year is 2002, and she is dealing with a lot of calls related to 9/11. When she learns that one of her friends, one she considers vapid, is writing a blog, she wants to write one herself. She and her husband discuss what it should be about, because it is supposed to be a distraction from her depressing life. They finally decide it should be about cooking. She has a copy of Creator/JuliaChild's cookbook ''Mastering the Art of French Cooking'' and so she decides to cook every recipe in it in one year (please note that there are [[{{Doorstopper}} over five hundred recipes]] included in it). This, even though she has a husband, a job, and a cat, and is only home in the late evening. It quickly becomes an obsession.

The other story is about Julia Child herself (played by the great Creator/MerylStreep) and how she came to (help) write that cookbook and become a great cook. We meet her in the beginning of the film in the late 1940s, when she moves to Paris. She is the life of the party, so exuberant that most people love her despite her impropriety, which is good because she is married to a diplomat. Now, the wives of diplomats are rarely required to do anything; Julia knows she needs to do something to keep from going crazy. After unsuccessful (as in unenjoyable) attempts at hatmaking and learning to play bridge, she decides to take a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu. On determining that she already knows what the cooking course is attempting to teach her, she asks the woman running the place (who is one of the few people who dislike her, and the feeling becomes mutual) if there is anything more advanced. There is--the course for professional chefs. So Julia takes that one and loves it...
!!'''The film provides examples of:'''
* {{Blog}}
* BrokenPedestal: While still very personable and nice, Julia is revealed to be far from prudish about sex (breaking any notions of reserved '40s-'50s housewife stereotypes), and while Julie is inspired by Julia's adventures in cooking, her heroine's only response upon hearing of the blog project is to regard it with disdain as "missing the point" of her book.
* CuteKitten
* {{Doorstopper}}: The cookbook. This is a plot point in both stories. (Though surprisingly not to the same degree as Julia's later solo work, ''The Way To Cook''.)
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Paul and Julia are walking through a park where they pass a couple pushing a baby carriage - Julia watches them sadly and Paul pats her hand tenderly. See HappilyMarried below.
* FoodPorn: If you watch this film and don't feel hungry afterwards, then you either hate food or were sitting there with your eyes closed the whole time.
* HappilyMarried: Julia and Paul, very much so despite never being able to have children. Julie and Eric... yes and no (see FunnyAneurysmMoment under the YMMV tag).
* InspiredBy: Two true stories. Both the memoir noted above and Julia Child's autobiography ''My Life in France'' were used for this film.
* JerkassHasAPoint: While Julie Powell may have looked like a [[KickTheDog kicked puppy]] after Julia Child told her she'd missed the point of her cookbook, she wasn't far from the mark. Julia Child made it her mission to demystify a style of cooking presumed to be too advanced for home cooks; in that context, it's not hard to see how she could take offense to Julie Powell building-up ''Mastering the Art of French Cooking'' as a mighty challenge.
* LargeHam: Creator/MerylStreep, because Julia Child was like that.
* LovingAShadow: In the platonic sense.
* PrecisionFStrike: Paul gives one when [[spoiler: Julia's book is rejected for the umpteenth time]].
* RedScare: This ends up causing problems for Paul and Julia.
* ScullyBox: Done (at least with camera angles and digital technology) in order to make Streep look 6'2.
* ASimplePlan
* SpyFiction: Paul and Julia met DuringTheWar while working abroad.
-->'''Dinner Guest:''' Were you spies?\\
'''Paul:''' '''[[NoExceptYes No]]'''. (''{{beat}}'') [[BrutalHonesty Yes]]. (''beat'') [[BlatantLies No]].
* ThatPoorCat: When Julie has a tantrum and throws things, we hear a cat yowl. More {{Jerkass}} than usual for this trope, as the cat is supposed to be Julie's beloved pet.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Julia is 6'2"; Paul is around 5'8". Also, [[spoiler:Julia's sister, Dorothy and her future husband.]]
* TrueCompanions: Julia gains these in the course of her story. Julie has some to start, but it's an odd take on the trope because it seems like she doesn't like most of them very much; she's introduced groaning to a coworker about being expected to show up for "Cobb Salad Thursday."
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Unusual because the lines don't quite cross. Julie does hear about Julia's distaste of the project, however.
* UglyGuyHotWife: When Julia's sister comes to visit, Julia intends on setting her up with a tall, dark and handsome colleague of her husband. Instead, the sister is seen getting flirty with a short, smarmy-looking friend of theirs who makes her laugh. [[spoiler:They eventually marry and have a family]].
** Notably averted with both the main couples in the film, though. Julia Child was never a great beauty, nor her husband more than average looking, and Julie and Eric are about equal in attractiveness.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Julia and Simca, who ultimately parted ways over ''Mastering'' volume 3 (which was eventually published as ''Simca's Cuisine'', without Julia's collaboration). They did remain friends but never collaborated again.
* WhereAreTheyNow