screen. Since she's only 6o, she may yet have ten, twenty, even thirty years left to collect more plumage.
If Streep (shown below, right) were all that J&J offered, this would be more than enough to make the movie worth a watch. There's plenty else. Co-writer/director Nora Ephron (shown, right) has whipped up a credibly entertaining soufflé based on the stories of Julia Child and Julie Powell, women separated by decades but joined by the love of food. In addition to providing a decent screenplay, what Ephron and her casting directors Kathy Driscoll and Francine Maisler have done is to round up some of the best acting talent in the business -- including a number of wonderful New York theater actors -- to fill nearly each and every role with class and charisma. This is more than stunt casting, as these people know how to a nail character on the spot and take it, even in the briefest few moments given them, wherever it needs to go. Linda Emond, Remak Ramsay, Helen Carey, Stephan Bogardus, Deborah Rush, George Bartenieff, Frances Sternhagen, Jeff Brooks, the list goes on and on (Ms Emond and Ms Carey are particularly delightful as the two French friends of Child who come up with the initial cookbook idea.)
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