Participating in a very interesting conversation about JULIE & JULIA on Melissa Silverstein’s Blog. But here’s the thing: if you do NOT see it my way, then you either have to believe Nora Ephron believes Julia Child really was perfect (had a perfect marriage, etc, etc), &/or you really have to believe Nora Ephron is so stupid that she didn’t realize “the real Julie” would be the loser in an actual cinematic face-off with “the real Julia.”
I find both of these options tremendously condescending. Perhaps people wish Nora Ephron had made a different movie (e.g., a Julia Child biopic) but she didn’t, so I suggest we all try to assess the one she actually made. To Melissa: Thanks for your continued commitment to fighting the good fight!