Saturday, August 08, 2009

It’s a Great Time to Be Silver

Julie and Julia (2009)
directed by Nora Ephron
rating: 3 out of 5 cravats
seen on the screen at the Manor Theatre

Praising what I liked in Julie and Julia brings to mind a bulletin board filled with index cards that must have hung in Nora Ephron’s office last fall. A tasteful depiction of sexual attraction in a middle-aged couple? Check. No sordidness to cheapen a story intended to be as light as air? Ditto. A few off-color jokes to make the 75 year-old target audience feel 56 again? I could go on forever, but Elizabeth and I were the only people in a crowded matinee theater (old people are as cheap as ever) under the age of 60. And that, for all the movie’s undeniable charms, is all you need to know.