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Old 08-08-2009, 04:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is anyone contemplating taking kids to see Julie & Julia? I've read reviews that say the PG-13 rating is for a few uses of s*** and one f-word. Plus some non-explicit married sensuality. Honestly, the thought of my 7-year-old seeing that bothers me about 10% as much as PG-13 violence would. She is so into all the Food Network shows, and from the previews, says she wants to see this movie. I love the message of the movie, and would love for her to see these actresses play such gutsy heroines.

Just curious if anyone has seen it yet, and wondering if I'm out of my mind for contemplating taking my DD.

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I just saw it today and I really enjoyed it. There were some adult moments specifically when Julia compares picking a hot round noodle out of the pot with the male anatomy, only in a very ranchy explicted way. I laughed - it might go over your daughters head. There were several times when the F bomb was dropped, and there were a couple of clothed - sex (ish) scenes. No nudity, but there was romping. (Ha! I love that word), rolling and groping.
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my dd is a cooking show fan. plus as an almost 7 year old she has been cooking a lot lately.

we plan to see the movie.

i dont care about the words. we joke about those words. and neither is the slight sensuality an issue for me. violence is not a concern either.

but suspense. now that is hard. my dd cant handle suspense. gives her tummy aches.

we will watch it this coming week.

we just went and saw this movie and she loved it even though it showed DV. http://www.captainaburaed.com/

she also was v. deeply moved by this movie and we have had many conversations about it. the boy in the stripped pyjamas.
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Well my dd is named Julia and wants to be a chef when she grows up so I thought this would be the perfect movie for her. My mom and I checked it out while she was away just in case and she would freak because of the calf leg scene and the lobster scene...she is very sensitive to animals being hurt or dying so she would freak over this. But if your kids can handle those things, they would probably like it.
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My kids are 11 and 14, and they watch a show on the food network pretty regularly.

DH took them to see it this weekend. He said that they were the youngest by far in the theater, but that they really enjoyed it. DD #2 is pretty sensitive--vegetarian because she doesn't want to eat animals, that sort of thing--but she said she liked the movie a lot. The one thing that she specifically commented on was that she was sad that Julia thought that Julie's blog was disrespectful. She felt bad for them both that Julia didn't recognized the compliment.
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I don't think you're crazy, but I think the movie is short on "message". And I think the book, The Julie/Julia Project, is far better than the movie makes it out to be. (Poor Amy Adams - that terrible wig, and a part reduced to mostly whining.)

The sex scenes in the movie were non-explicit, and they were depictions of very healthy, happy, consensual relationships. You are unlikely to find anything in there that makes you uncomfortable, but there may be parts your daughter doesn't understand. In particular, there's one scene where Paul Child translates part of a roast chicken recipe for Julia, and he's clearly talking about sex. When I saw the movie, the audience cracked up, which may make your daughter ask questions about why it was funny, but again, I think it's unlikely to make you uncomfortable.

Finally - depictions of healthy, playful adult sexuality are so rare in media that if I had pre-teens, I might herd them past this one, just so that they'd have the notion of healthy, playful adult sexuality in their heads.
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I don't think we're going to make it while it's still in the theaters (too much else out and coming out right now), but we'll definitely watch it on DVD. My mom saw it the other day and liked it a lot, and when we saw The Ugly Truth a couple weeks ago, they previewed this one and my daughter said it looked good.

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Thanks for all the reviews, everyone. We finally got around to seeing this today, and enjoyed it. DD said there was too much kissing. And honestly, she got bored with all the dialogue. But she did like the cooking, and laughed so hard at the aspic disaster.

She did NOT laugh at the writhing-on-the-floor hissyfit, probably because it's way too close to her own meltdowns, ha ha! People in glass houses and all that.

But we really enjoyed it, and I'm glad we took her with us instead of paying a babysitter.

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Finally - depictions of healthy, playful adult sexuality are so rare in media that if I had pre-teens, I might herd them past this one, just so that they'd have the notion of healthy, playful adult sexuality in their heads.
Can I just say, THIS was the part of the movie that I loved the most? As a married woman, I loved seeing a movie that showed happy, function, married and in-love couples?

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I didn't find any of the content objectionable for kids, but it was way too long for my kid to be able to sit through - well over 2 hours.
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