YMMV / Julie & Julia

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The cookbook which Simone sniffs over in disdain is a a real book, and a very popular one at the time.
  • Author Tract : A minor, humourous one. Most of Julie's lines about the awesome power of butter belong to Nora Ephron. In the commentary, Ephron notes that if she had a religion, it would be butter.
  • Award Snub: Meryl Streep. Her umpteenth nomination.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In her follow-up book, Julie Powell admits to cheating on her husband after the events depicted in the movie. Kind of hard now to watch her say that she doesn't deserve a husband as nice as him.
  • Hollywood Homely: The real Julie is rather average-looking, at least compared to Amy Adams. Both Streep and Adams underwent a Beauty Inversion, ironically because they're still better looking than their real life counterparts. This makes it a case of Adaptational Attractiveness as well.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jane Lynch as Julia's sister.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: How much better would this movie be if we just had the more of the JULIA part?
    • Also, what if Julie and Julia had met in real life?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While Julie lambastes herself for her fight with her husband, the movie never really calls him up on how he frequently shows her No Sympathy when her cooking goes wrong in their tiny, under-equipped kitchen and how he apparently expects Julie to do the housework and grocery shop as well as cook and have a full-time job.