While it was Meryl Streep who was charming us as Julia in the movie, Julia Child's personality was shining through as we were charmed by her story. I like that Julie mirrors Julia's sticktuitiveness while striving to meet her goal of cooking her way through Julia's French Cooking recipes. Julie uses her talent as a wannabe writer to blog about the cooking, her job, marriage...life. While many a critic would say that Julie was trying to come off as another Julia Child, I thought it was obvious that she simply aspired to learn a few life lessons through Julia's work, that she admired Julia's assertive passion for life, love and cooking. Heck she even learned to cook some great food along the way. Of course movies almost never tell the entire story and sometimes even launch off in an entirely WRONG direction so I would say read Julie's book.